Saturday, 6 June 2009

Ricochet - Now available for download

The latest edition of Ricochet has now been published. Members who attended the dinner received their copies in person and members who were unable to attend will recieve their copy in the post shortly.

For those members who cannot wait to read the latest edition of this inestimable publication, a PDF copy can be downloaded from the CRA website at

CRA Dinner 2009 Images Uploaded

Images from the 2009 CRA Dinner have now been uploaded and can be viewed in the slideshow on the right.

The pictures have been reduced in size for easy online viewing. Please contact the webmaster if you would like full resolution copies for printing at home.

Sunday, 5 April 2009

CRA Dinner 2009 - The Newsletter

This year I have decided to send e-mail newsletters to members advising them of progress with the preparations for the Dinner. If you did not receive the first newsletter, I have copied the text below for your convenience. If you believe that I do not have your e-mail address (or I have it recorded incorrectly) please let me know.

CRA Dinner 2009 Newsletter No 1

Welcome to the CRA Dinner 2009 newsletter. Now that I have the Membership Secretary “hat” as well as the one for the Dinner Secretary, I thought I'd use my newly acquired database to provide you with an update on preparations for the dinner.

To be honest, I also have an ulterior motive. After the losses of recent years, it is of paramount importance that the dinner covers its costs. The only way it does this is with a good attendance and I hope this newsletter acts as a reminder to you to put your cheque in the post if you haven't done so already.

Even if you know you are going to attend the dinner this year please respond promptly. A number of payments have to be made in advance of the dinner and this year the inestimable Pierre has insisted on payment on the night for the balance. This seems to me to be a perfectly reasonable request in the current climate and in would help me enormously if members paid as far in advance as possible.

A number of members have already responded and I am happy to report that after only a few weeks, we are looking at a healthy attendance. This year promises to be another memorable dinner and it gives me great pleasure to confirm that our main speaker this year will be Tom Harrison (CCF '47-'54) not forgetting the fact that our own Chairman Mick Crick is in his Presidential year of the OF Club.

You will be aware that this year, your committee has decided not to include wine in the cost of the dinner. There are a number of reasons for this, including the fact that some members choose not to drink (or choose to drink large amounts !) and others have long distances to drive. Members may be wondering what arrangements are in place for the purchase of wine and I can confirm that ample stocks are being laid on and members can purchase wine at the bar on the night.

I hope to have a wine list with prices for the next newsletter which I intend to send out at the end of April

Thursday, 19 March 2009

CCF Biennial Review

On 14th March 2009, the Cadet Unit had its Bienenial Review - what many of us will remember fondly as "Annual Inspection". I was delighted to be asked to take picures of the event on behalf of the unit and the Stockdale Trust.

A slideshow of these images (at reduced resolution) can be found on the right of this page and I will also upload the images to the main CRA Website at in due course.

If you would like copies of any of the pictures, DO NOT use the "order prints" option in Picassa as these are not the full size images. Contact me and I wil arrange to upload the full sized images to Photobox which is more suited to online print ordering.


Thursday, 12 March 2009

CRA Dinner 2009

The "book" is now open for the 2009 CRA Dinner to be held at Southover on the 29th May. Invitation letters will be sent out before the end of March but keen members wishing to be ahead of the game can download a copy of the letter here:

I look forward to seeing you all on the 29th May.


Tuesday, 10 March 2009

A message from your Chairman - OF Dinner 20th March

Dear Association Member

I am sending you this email as a reminder that the Old Finchleians Dinner is to be held at the Clubhouse, Southover on Friday 20th March 2009. You should have been sent a letter a couple of months ago but may have forgotton or not got around to responding. It is not too late to decide to attend.

As this year's OF President I would welcome your support at this function. If you are able to attend please email me either through the CRA website, by reponding to this blog post or if you still have the dinner letter, contact John Bowra by phone.

I look forward to seeing you in two weeks time.

Best Wishes

Mick Crick

Friday, 23 January 2009

CRA Dinner 2009

Members who like to organise their diaries early will be pleased to note that the date for this year's CRA Dinner is announced as:

Friday 29th May 2009

Members will of course receive their usual invitation in the post in due course.

This year, our Chairman, Mick Crick is also the Old Finchleians President so we can be assured that all our speakers will be of the highest calibre.

Please make every effort to attend so that this year, we can crack the 50 diners target.

One change for this year is that as a result of comments received, wine will no longer be included in the price of the dinner. This will allow us to reduce the price and your committee hopes that members will prefer this approach.