Grand Chapitre, 8–10 October 2010
This year our Grand Chapitre was based at the Four Seasons Hampshire Hotel. Originally an 18th-century manor house, the hotel is set in 350 acres of parkland in the village of Dogmersfield in north Hampshire, just minutes from the M3 motorway. The original house now contains major public rooms; it was then extended in the same Georgian style to accommodate 200 bedrooms to the best modern standards. The old stables have been converted to a great spa and pool facility. Guests may arrive early and take advantage of this or the many other activities on site.
The weekend started with dinner on Friday evening in the Balmoral Room at the elegant Pennyhill Park Hotel in Bagshot, under the baton of Executive Chef Michael Wignall and his team.
Saturday options included a Jane Austen trip which featured her house, museum and church, led by the Vice Chairman of the Jane Austen Society; or a guided trip to Winchester, the ancient capital of England, to visit the cathedral, Peninsula Barracks and the Gurkha Museum, the Great Hall and Winchester College.
The Gala Dinner was held in the ballroom of the Four Seasons with a superb menu provided by Executive Chef Cyrille Pannier; this will be preceded by an induction ceremony in the Mandeville Room.
Sunday morning saw an exciting trip to Farnborough Airport, for a hands-on experience of flight simulators at the country’s major facility for training and checking pilots’ abilities. This was followed by lunch in the Skyline lounge atop the high-tech Aviator Hotel.
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