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

Annual Dinner

The 2003 Annual Dinner will take place at the Hilton Hotel, City Centre on Saturday 22 February 2003.

The 2002 Annual Dinner took place at Whirlowbrook Hall on Saturday 23 February 2002.

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 last year's dinner to break away from tradition and hold the dinner in a venue steeped in character and opulence. 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 was followed by music in the Egyptian Room.

Duo of Melon With Strawberry and Mango Salsa
Roasted Tomato Soup with Oregano
Roast Loin of Pork with a Port and Juniper Sauce
Chocolate and Orange Roulade with Grand Marnier Cream
Coffee and Mints
Vegetarian main course: Roasted Pepper filled with Vegetables and Rice served with Tomato Coulis and Char-Grilled Polenta.

The guest speaker was Fr. Desmond Sexton, St. Marie's Cathedral.

Dinner Weekend Events

Friday 22nd 7.30pm - 9:00pmOpen ringing at St Marie’s RC Cathedral followed by refreshments at the Rutland Arms.
Saturday 23rd Open Ringing at:
10:00-10:45 Eckington. 8 bells
11:15-12:00 Staveley. 8 bells
LUNCH at Derby Tup, Sheffield Road, Whittington Moor, Chesterfield (not The Treble Bob, Barlborough as previously advertised) - mention the ringing tour on arrival.
2:30-3:30 Chesterfield. 10 bells
7pm for 7:30pm DINNER followed by University String Orchestra at Whirlowbrook Hall, Sheffield.
Sunday 24th Peals and quarter peals as interest dictates.
LUNCH at The Fat Cat pub.

Presidential Election
General rules for nominations and voting:

  1. Nominees, proposers and seconders must be past student members of SUGCR
  2. Only current and past student members of SUGCR in attendance of the Annual Dinner may vote (no postal votes)
  3. Closing date for nominations is Friday 15 February 2002
  1. Nominee: The Revd. Paul Cubitt
    Proposed: Barry D. Mack
    Seconded: Justin Baker

    Paul comes from a ringing family in Norwich. He learnt to ring at All Saints, Norwich (6) at the age of 10 and then rang at Mancroft (12). He says he couldn't get his hands around the sallies at Mancroft until he was 15. Paul came to his first undergraduate practice with SUGCR in 1983. When being asked by the then Master, Wendy Anderson, whether he could ring Cambridge, he replied (to his shame!) only Minor or Maximus - In his defence both 8s in Norwich where out of action!

    Paul was my vice master 1984/85 and was promoted to master for 1985/86, doing a brilliant job in both positions. Paul has rung a total of 7 guild peals (including peals at both the Cathedrals) and additionally one for the Aardvark society (SUGCR and friends) so called to appear before the College Youths in the RW. He also conducted the guilds first undergraduate peal on 23rd June 1985, 5056 Plain Bob Major at St. Marie's. Around the same time, Paul was instrumental in getting St. Marie's tower walls painted yellow; indeed his old painting trousers may still be up there!

    In February 1991, Paul showed his dedication and loyalty to SUGCR by being one of only about 10 who made the dinner that year having driven all the way up from London (the dinner having been cancelled due to very bad weather) - I think they all ended up in the Bombay Curry House!

    Paul is very aware that he has had to miss some dinners due to his need to travel back to far-away Parishes to preach Sunday morning sermons. However, he has keptin close contact with his contemporaries through their annual reunions. Earlier this year, Paul, his wife Clare and their two sons moved to Elloughton (near Hull), which is only an hours drive away. Consequently, if Paul were elcted President, he would be able to and inteds to make the freshers' practice as well as attending a few practices during the year thus enabling closer contact with the current undergraduate guild.

    Paul and Clare were last able to make the dinner at the Guild's 40th anniversary. Paul took the guilds celebratory service at St. Marie's, having liased closely with the St. Marie authority. This particular weekend was also very special for them for another reason; their second son Edward arrived exactly nine months later!

    Pal's ringing pedigree, his loyalty to the guild, his proximity to Sheffield and his ability to speak publicly (not always a sermon he promises), in my mind, would make him an excellent President. I urge you all to show your support for him.

    Barry Mack

Postscript: the Revd. Paul Cubitt was elected president of the Guild.

Accounts of the dinner (as of 10 May 2002)

DescriptionNumberPrice (£)Total (£)
Ticket sales (full)56341904
Ticket sales (student)830240
Ticket sales (half-price)11717
Union donation8432
Income Total2273
Bar Extension12525
Speaker gifts (wine)4520
Speaker gifts (flowers)11515
President's gift126.0526.05
Room for speaker15555
Band gifts18.448.44
Band water155
Tower donations12626
Expenditure Total2244.63
Net Total (including raffle)28.37
Net Total (excluding raffle)-51.63

The net profit is equivalent to 44p 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 79p per paying guest.