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The Tejas Club Dinner

7/1/2016
When: July 1, 2016
Where: Boodle's
28 St James's St
London
United Kingdom
Contact: RSVP to: Angus Sladen

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AT BOODLE'S CLUB

28 ST JAMES'S STREET

LONDON

 

Over the years I have taken a number of Tejas alumni passing through London to dinner at my club , Boodle’s , to return in small part all the great hospitality I had when I was in the Tejas Club in the early 1970’s .  During the recent very enjoyable Tejas Club 90th year celebrations I had the idea that it would be interesting and fun for Tejas alumni , and their wives/partners (and hopefully  a few current Braves as well ) to have a  dinner at Boodle’s. It would be a unique glimpse into British history and tradition (see History of Boodle’s on page 2).


I have therefore booked the Club for dinner on Friday 1st July 2016.  The Club is closed to members then, and therefore we will have it to ourselves, and ladies are also welcome. I hope that we can have a party of about 100 (in fact I have already tested the water and 30 have accepted), and, who knows, maybe up to the maximum of 150.   


The cost of the dinner will be about £100 ($150), to include the drinks reception beforehand, and all wine (several alumni have pledged to pay for a current Brave, so I would hope all current Braves able to make the dinner will not have to pay). It will be Black Tie (Tuxedo) as is normal for such dinners at Boodle’s.


It is a long way from Texas just for one dinner! So there will be optional events/trips over that Independence Day weekend, with the help of a small committee (which includes Austin Ligon, who spends time in London and is therefore on hand to help me).      


One important point.  The dinner is only open to those alumni who have paid their dues to the Foundation for 2016, and current Braves must be up to date with their obligations to the Tejas Club.


Please RSVP to me (angussladen@lineone.net) by 1st February. Payment for the dinner will be due by 20th March (return of payment due to cancellation available up 15th June). Details of payment due, etc. will be sent after 1st February 

 

Angus Sladen (angussladen@lineone.net)

 

 

 

Hotels

 Within 5 minutes’ walk of Boodle’s there are several excellent hotels, including:

  

Tours

If you would like to see more of what London and the surrounding countryside has to offer, please follow the link below. Jon Baines Tours has specially organised a number of private guided visits for the group who are visiting London in July. They are also offering some amazing rates at one of London’s top hotels, The Langham.

http://www.jonbainestours.co.uk/tour/medical-professional-tour?tour=128


History of Boodle's 

Boodle’s is named after Edward Boodle, its first owner and manager (clubs were thriving businesses in the 18th century). It is the second oldest gentleman’s club in London, having been formed over 250 years ago in 1762, moving to its present address in 1782 (the premises were built in 1776 for another club which ceased). Many members of the Club during those early years supported the American Revolutionaries - there were members who fought on both sides.  For instance, one member was Major-General Charles Lee, one of Washington’s generals. The club held a formal debate and found in the revolutionaries’ favour, with the result sent to King George! There were 25 founders, the main one being The Earl of Shelburne, who secretly negotiated with the Americans prior to becoming Prime Minister in July 1782. One of those 25 was also The Earl of Dunmore, an ancestor of mine - he was Governor of New York, and later, at the outbreak of the Revolution, Governor of Virginia.


Famous early members of the Club over the years include David Hume, the philosopher, Adam Smith, the economist and author of The Wealth of Nations, William Wilberforce, who successfully led the abolition of slavery in the British Empire, The Duke of Wellington, to in more recent times Sir Winston Churchill, David Niven, the actor, and Ian Fleming, the author of James Bond. Current members include Julian Fellowes (now Lord Fellowes), the creator and director of Downton Abbey.


Whilst in its early days its membership was intensely political, it quickly became much wider, and has a large proportion of landowners, as well as those from the City, lawyers, etc.  Most of the members enjoy at least one of the pastimes of salmon fishing, shooting (pheasants, partridges, and grouse), deerstalking, fox hunting, or horseracing (there are a lot of pictures of horses in the Club!).      

 

The Club is only a hundred yards up the hill from the site of the Texas Embassy to the Court of St James’s in the 1840’s (there is a brass plaque commemorating it on the side of Berry Brothers and Rudd, the wine merchants).


Please RSVP to Angus Sladen (angussladen@lineone.net) by 1st February. Payment for the dinner will be due by 20th March (return of payment due to cancellation available up 15th June). Details of payment due, etc. will be sent after 1st February 

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