Sea Pie Information Updated 26th January
The Sea Pie Supper is to be held at St. Mary’s Stadium, Southampton, on Friday 2nd February.
Tickets have now been allocated and we are expecting over 470 members and guests.
There is a large car park with access from the north side of the stadium, i.e. from Britannia Road only.
There is a push-button/ticket/barrier system which will probably be manned and which will issue you with a ticket on arrival. The barriers will be permanently raised at 2100 for free exit so you should not need to use this ticket. If for some reason you or your guests need to leave before 2100 there are ‘help’ buttons at the barriers to summon security to raise the barrier.
There is ample drop-off space in front of the stadium, between the fixed barriers and the road.
Please note that there will be no overnight parking available at St. Mary’s.
At the end of the evening there will be a designated pick-up/taxi area.
Doors open at 1800 and the entrance to the function is through the main reception doors opposite the statue of Ted Bates.
In light of current world-wide events there is now enhanced security at St. Mary’s and you are asked to comply with any security procedures at the entrance. These may include a body inspection with a hand-held wand and the inspection of bags.
Tickets may also be inspected so please ensure that your guests have them to hand. We have asked that you provide us with the names of your guests beforehand. First and last names, as you would wish them to appear on the place cards, no pre or post nominals.
On arrival, enter the reception area and you will be directed to the Itchen Suite on the ground floor. There will be ticketed cloak-room facilities at the entrance to this suite,
Once inside, you will be offered a complimentary drink. Prosecco, red or white wine, bottled beer or orange juice.
There will be no bar facilities in the Itchen Suite but two pay bars will be open from 1800 in the Mike Channon Suite where the main function will be held.
Once you have met your guests and greeted old BOT acquaintances you are requested to proceed upstairs (no later than 1900) to the Mike Channon Suite. Please do so in good time and do not take any drinks or glassware with you. The strict licensing laws that apply to all such sporting venues forbid the movement of drinks around the stadium. As well as the pay bars in the Mike Channon Suite there are toilet facilities at each end.
At 1900 the bars will stop serving and diners should go to their tables to receive the Captains and Principal Guests at 1920.
There will be Table/seating plans displayed in both the Itchen Suite and the Mike Channon Suite. Tables are mostly rounds of 10. Place cards, showing names and ticket numbers, will be placed on each table, in no particular order unless previously requested. You are at liberty to re-position the cards, or even to replace them with your own, but please be mindful of other members or groups that may be sharing your table and do not change tables. See also Prize Draw below.
The Principal Guest and Speaker will be Captain Richard Woodman, LVO, FRHistS, FNI who is an Elder Brother of Trinity House and an acclaimed maritime author. Mr. Nigel Atkinson, HM Lord-Lieutenant of Hampshire will be in attendace, as will three other Stowaways: Dame Mary Fagan, Sir Malcolm Edge and Admiral Lord West. Other Distinguished Guests will include Councillor Les Harris (Mayor of Southampton and Admiral of the Port), the Naval Base Commander, Portsmouth, the Commodore of the RFA, the Deputy Master of Trinity House, the Master of the Honourable Company of Master Mariners, the Chief Operating Officer of the Nautical Institute, the Director of the National Oceanography Centre and the Port Director, Southampton.
Drinks can be pre-ordered online, at https://halo-ce.co.uk/event/
Pre-orders will close 5pm on Tuesday 30th January.
Any drinks that you have pre-ordered will be on your table, labelled. There will be table service during the evening.
Jugs of tap water will be available on request, as well as one bottle each of still and sparkling water per table, gratis.
There will be a Prize Draw held on the evening, with the prize generously donated by The Southampton Shipowners Association and all proceeds will be divide equally between the three local Seafarers’ charities: the Mission to Seafarers, The Apostleship of the Sea and the Sailors’ Society.
Last year this draw raised over £3460 and your on going support is requested.
There will be an envelope on each table, into which each participant should put their numbered place card and their donation (no coins please). Envelopes will be collected after the main course is served and the draw will be held before the singing of the shanties. Members can greatly assist by informing us beforehand of the names of their guests or by ensuring that the names of individuals are written on their place cards on the night.
The after-dinner programme
Captain Robin Plumley MBE will install his successor, Captain Flemming Pedersen as Club Captain for 2018. February 15th sees the 90th anniversary of the Club and to mark the occasion Captain Pedersen will install Captain Reg Kelso MBE, FNI, MNM, who so happens to be 90 in the same week, as Honorary President for 2018.
Captain Pedersen will propose the Toast to the Guests and Captain Woodman will respond.
It would be much appreciated if members would remind their guests not to talk or move around the room during the speeches.
There will be two breaks announced during the proceedings but we regret it will not be possible to inspect the pitch.
During the evening you will be entertained by a 18 strong group from the City of Southampton (Albion) Band, under the direction of Mr Nick Dawson.
After the second break the Prize Draw will be conducted, followed by the traditional sea shanties, which this year will led by a new Shantyman, Shep Woolley.
Last orders from the bar will be at 2315 and the Boatsteerer will call ‘Who Goes Home’ at 2345, or when he has had enough of us.
Please note that full or part bottles cannot be removed from the suite, or the stadium, at the end of the evening.
The stadium is a non smoking area but there is a designated smoking space outside and to the left of the reception area as you go out. We cannot supply umbrellas, galoshes or heavy weather gear.
The Duty Manager can supply the WIFI code on the day if really required.
In the event of an emergency at the stadium, on hearing the alarm sound please vacate the building as quickly and as safely as possible. The assembly point is situated outside the Mega Store in the South Car Park.
The ban on the movement of drinks or bottles from the various suites is to comply with the strict licensing laws that apply to all such sporting venues.
We look forward to greeting you on the night and hope, and expect, that this will be another successful and enjoyable Sea Pie Supper.