The University of Sheffield
Sheffield Universities' Guild of Change Ringers (SUGCR)
Sheffield Hallam University

Annual Dinner

The 2002 Annual Dinner will take place at Whirlowbrook Hall on Saturday 23 February 2002. More info

The 2001 Annual Dinner took place at Whirlowbrook Hall on Saturday 24 February 2001. Originally a family home, Whirlowbrook Hall retains a style and elegance that complements its beautiful and tranquil parkland setting, while extensive refurbishments and improvments have raised the standards and versatility even higher. A map of how to get to Whirlowbrook Hall is available (thanks to Fretwell-Downing Informatics for this).

Whirlowbrook offers comfortable reception and function rooms for up to 150 guests and the relaxed personal service and exellent food contribute to the unique atmosphere of this beautiful venue.

We chose 2001 to break away from tradition and hold the dinner in a venue steeped in character and opulence. This change was continued by booking a twenty piece Jazz Orchestra for the after dinner entertainment - they played a mixture of listening and were excellent!

The quality of food and service at Whirlowbrook Hall was far superior to that experienced at previous Guild dinners.

Pre and post dinner drinks were served in the Oak Room and the dinner followed by the Jazz Orchestra was held in the Egyptian Room.

Sheffield University Jazz Orchestra combines students, members of staff and visiting professionals in celebration of the music of Duke Ellington, along with music by Thad Jones, Oliver Nelson and Charles Mingus. The band was founded in 1997 by Katie Overy and John Milner, their professional drummer-pianist-arranger, band leader and Ellington expert.

Ribbons of Melon with Strawberries and Passion Fruit Coulis
Cream of Carrot and Coriander Soup
Roast Leg of Lamb with a Redcurrant and Rosemary Jus
Lemon Crème Brûlée with Fresh Fruit and Shortbread
Coffee and Mints
Vegetarian main course: Tartlet of Grilled Mediterranean Vegetables with Baked Goats' Cheese.

Accounts of the dinner (as of 28 February 2001)

DescriptionNumberPrice (£)Total (£)
Ticket sales76342584
Income Total2652
Bar Extension12525
Speaker gift vouchers3515
Speaker flowers21020
St Marie's tower donation11010
Tour Tower donations3515
Tour Tower donations11010
Newsletter stamps1200.1922.80
Newsletter envelopes17.037.03
Ticket printing15.505.50
Menu printing13.203.20
Place cards16.996.99
Yellow card30.601.80
Band presents11010
Miscellaneous *11515
Expenditure Total2607.50
Net Total (including raffle)44.50
Net Total (excluding raffle)-23.50

The net profit is equivalent to 59p per paying guest (this includes the raffle profit which is usually not taken into account).
Excluding the raffle from the accounts, there was a net loss of 31p per paying guest.

* This includes cost of printing comment sheets, contact detail sheets, name labels, dinner day tour organisation and information.