18 December 2017


Brookes Society for Retired Staff 

As the year draws to a close it is a time to reflect on what has gone before and it is good to be able to say the Society has had a very successful year – nearly all the events we put on were full and it was a pleasure to see members enjoying those and the two parties we have held. You can see write-ups of these on the website at https://www.brookesalumni.co.uk/the-brookes-society/bs-past-events

I believe we end 2017 on a very positive note for the future of the Society and I am delighted to tell you that we have 85 fully paid up members. I am very much looking forward to seeing many of you at the various events we will be putting on in 2018.

These will include the Brookes Society Lecture on 28th February; the Not the New Year Party which will be held on the afternoon of 7th March – (PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF DATE)  - a talk on the origins of East Oxford place names, a Midsomer Murders walk round Thame, and many others.  All of these will be advertised as usual on the Society’s website at  https://www.brookesalumni.co.uk/the-brookes-society but, as a change from previous years, apart from the lecture and two parties, registration will be done directly with each event’s organiser, and will be open to paid up members only.  Anyone still wishing to join may do so by contacting our Treasurer, Catherine Tranmer, on ctranmer@talktalk.net and paying £10.

There is no doubt that the Society has evolved into an events and social organisation and with that in mind the committee have decided to “de-constitutionalise” ourselves and become a less formal group,  not only in the structure but in the running as well, with only 4 meetings annually and communicating more via email.  Further news on this will come out in the new year, with information about the party in March, but because of this I have withdrawn my resignation as Chair and propose to continue for another year at least, which the committee and university are happy with.  We have had two volunteers to join our organising group (will not be committee any more) and two existing members will remain, but it would be wonderful to have another couple of people to join us.  Do contact me on clareffox@aol.com if you would like to help.

In the meantime all those involved in the running of the Society join me in wishing you a very Happy Christmas and a peaceful 2018.

Clare Fox

Chair, Brookes Society