Annual Guest Lunch

Doctor figures – Annual Guest Lunch Exhibition, 2015
Doctor figures
Annual Guest Lunch Exhibition, 2015
Paintings and Tapestry Annual Guest Lunch Exhibition, 2020
Paintings and Tapestry
Annual Guest Lunch Exhibition, 2020
Recitals after the Guest Lunch, 2015
Recitals after the Guest Lunch, 2015

The lunch is held in March, to which members can bring their partners and other guests. The preceding year’s speakers are also invited, as are the College President and other College staff. The lunch is followed by musical entertainment, including very enjoyable recitals given by the music pupils of one or other Edinburgh school, to whose music departments we are very pleased to donate.

Paxton House
Paxton House, 2019

The occasion is also marked by an Arts, Crafts & Collectors Exhibition, with paintings, drawings and photographs by some of our talented members or their partners, and with displays of craft work, like tapestry, and of personal collections, such as of First World War postcards, old Delft tiles and old maps. Those who have recently had books published are encouraged to bring them to show, sell and inscribe. Poetry, some illustrated, has also been exhibited.

Summer Outing

Each year we have a summer outing. In June 2019, the last year before COVID stopped these outings, twenty nine members and guests visited Paxton House in the Borders. We left Edinburgh in the rain, but by the time we reached Berwick upon Tweed, there were patches of blue in the sky.

We were greeted by our two guides, coffee and scones. The tour of the house was most interesting, much original, bespoke furniture, both Chippendale and Edinburgh-made remains in the house, together with invoices! Our guides finely judged the amount of information imparted and the tour finished in the picture gallery, where family paintings are joined by pieces from the National Collection.

After lunch, the sun came out and we wandered around the gardens, which abutted the Tweed, at leisure. The visit was much enjoyed and was a delightful surprise to some of our members.

In previous years we have visited Falkland Palace, Dumfries House, Abbotsford House, the chilling, nuclear war Secret Bunker in Fife, Mellerstain House, the Riverside Museum in Glasgow and the Pitlochry Festival Theatre several times.