TRAFALGAR DINNER 2018
This page was updated on 22 October.
There were 147 attendees at the second ‘Admiral of the Port’s Trafalgar Night Dinner’ held at Grand Café, South Western House, on the 19th October. They included Cachalots, their partners and guests and other members of the local maritime community: from ABP, Southampton Shipowners Association, Whitakers Tankers, Williams Shipping, MAIB and the Southampton Sea Cadets.
The Reception was held in the lobby of South Western House and the Admiral of the Port, Councillor Stephen Barnes-Andrews, the Mayor of Southampton, and Mrs Amanda Barnes-Andrews, the Mayoress, were received by Captain Flemming Pedersen, the Club Captain.
After ‘All Hands to Dinner’ was piped by cadets from the Southampton Sea Cadets Corps, the Mayor’s party processed to the Captain’s Table, led by the Mayor’s Cadet carrying the Admiral of the Port’s flag.
On the Captain’s Table were: The Mayor and Mayoress, Councillor Stephen Barnes-Andrews and Mrs Amanda Barnes; Captain Flemming Pedersen, Captain of the SMMC, and Mrs Susanne Pedersen; Captain Reg Kelso MBE, President of the SMMC, and Mrs June Kelso; Commodore Bob Sanguinetti RN and Mrs Sylvia Sanguinetti; Captain Andrew Moll RN and Mrs Frances Moll; The Rev’d Reg Sweet RN, Master fo St. Cross.
The assembly was welcomed by Capt. Pedersen and the Mayor gave a short address.
Capt. Moll, Chairman of Trustees of the Southampton Sea Cadets, then made an appeal on behalf of the SSC and the Nelson Grace was given by the Rev’d Sweet.
After the meal Commodore Bob Sanguinetti RN, CEO of the UK Chamber of Shipping, gave a well received speech which ended with the Toast to the Immortal Memory of Lord Nelson.
The Mayoress drew the winning ticket for the Draw Prize, an iPad generously sponsored by the Southampton Shipowners Association, which had raised £1455 in donations.
The evening finished wih the singing of some sea shanties and Heart of Oak and Rule Britannia, capably led by The Portsmouth Shantymen.
The event, once again, was deemed to be a great success by those who attended and enjoyed it and it is mooted that it should become an annual function.
TRAFALGAR DINNER 2017
The Club, in conjunction with the Southampton Royal Navy Officers’ Association, SRNOA, organised a Dinner, held in the Mike Channon Suite at St. Mary’s Stadium, on Friday 20th October.
The black-tie Dinner, titled the ‘Mayor of Southampton and Admiral of the Port’s Trafalgar Dinner’, was in aid of the Southampton Sea Cadets Expansion plan, the Mayor having chosen the SSC as one of his charities for his year. We are pleased to report that the event was considered to be a great success by those who attended and enjoyed it.
With anticipated numbers hovering around 200 we had moved to the larger Mike Channon Suite but last minute changes resulted in a total of 189. We were by no means lost in the larger room and goodness knows how Halo, the caterers, manage to squeeze 500 of us in for the Sea Pie Supper., but they do.
The Mayor, Clr Les Harris, and Mrs Harris, who is also a Southampton Councillor, arrived at 1845 and were met by Club Captain Robin Plumley MBE and Captain Andrew Moll, Chairman of Trustees of the Southampton Sea Cadets.
One of the Mayor’s Cadets took charge of The Silver Oar of Admiralty, the Mayor’s badge of jurisdiction as Admiral of the Port, and carried it to the display table which had been positioned in the function suite.
At 1925, one of the Cadets piped “All Hands to Dinner” which drew appreciative applause and the Mayor, the Captains and the Top Table guests were received by the company, the Mayor’s Cadet carrying the Oar of Admiralty and proceeding ahead of him.
Top Table guests included Vice Admiral Alan Massey, KCB, CBE, who is also a Trustee of the Marine Society & Sea Cadets, Rear Admiral John Lang DL, President of the Winchester Sea Cadets, Captain Gavin Pritchard OBE, Chairman of the Gosport Sea Cadets unit, and Cdr David Belfield, Chairman of the Southampton Royal Naval Officers’ Association.
Also present as our guests, and hosted by Staff Captain Flemming Pedersen, were Col Bill Stevens OBE and Maj Julian Walker TD, both Trustees of the Connaught Trust which had just donated £10,000 towards the Southampton Sea Cadets Appeal.
Captain Plumley welcomed the company and gave the obligatory safety announcement, detailing the abandon ship procedures and where the lifeboats could be found. He then introduced the Mayor who gave a short address explaining why he had chosen the SSC as one of his charities for his year.
Captain Moll then made his appeal on behalf of the SSC Expansion Plan and outlined the proposed method for collecting the donations and conducting the prize draw. In a forthright RN way he summed it up for the hard of understanding as ENVELOPE….PLACE CARD….MONEY. (Or was it the other way round?)
He then led the Nelson Grace and the ‘victuals’ were served, the company enjoying an excellent meal and exemplary service.
During the main course Sea Cadets collected the envelopes, containing the donations and the place cards, and these were taken to the counting house set up in another room.
At the end of the meal Captain Plumley gave The Second Grace and invited Cdr Belfield, SRNOA, to give The Loyal Toast.
After the interval the Club Captain introduced the Speaker, Captain Gavin Pritchard OBE, whose speech, on elements of his own RN experiences, was on occasion hilarious but at the same time moving and thought-provoking. Having summed up and summoned up that Nelson spirit, he ended with the toast to The Immortal Memory which was taken, in the tradition, in silence.
Captain Plumley then conducted the Prize Draw, announcing that it had raised a total of £1920 and one of the previously collected place cards was drawn from the raffle drum by Mrs Harris. The prize, a modern signalling and communications device, in the shape of an iPad Mini, had been provided jointly by the Cachalots and the SSC. It was won by a lady on Clive Robinson’s table, fittingly perhaps since Clive was the first to support us when the event was proposed.
The evening ended with some nautical entertainment in the form of a sing-a-long, in which we were led by ‘The Salty Sea Dogs’, a seven strong community group of shanty singers under the direction of Pauline McWilliams, Community Song Leader at the Natural Voice Practitioners Network. They sang acappella, entering the room singing John Kanakanaka and then led rousing renditions of Drunken Sailor; Haul Away, Joe; Blow the Man Down before finishing with Heart of Oak and Rule Britannia.
Our thanks go to our Distinguished Guests, the Southampton Sea Cadets, the SRNOA, Cachalot Members and their guests and not least to the Salty Sea Dogs, for making the evening so enjoyable and helping to raise that £1920 towards what those present understand to be such a good cause.
You can read the Southampton Sea Cadets Expansion Appeal letter here