Diamond Jubilee Dinner
The Society is delighted to mark its Diamond Jubilee with a Dinner at the Cholmondeley
Room and Terrace in the House of Lords, Westminster. We are much indebted to our
sponsor, Baroness Rendell of Babergh, who is sponsoring the dinner in her capacity as a
sitting Member of the House of Lords, a requirement for all functions held in this unique
venue. The Rooms are named after the 5th Marquis of Cholmondeley who held the post
of Lord Great Chamberlain. We look forward to welcoming both Baroness Rendell as
well as members of the Society from all over the world to this very special celebration.
Our Guest of Honour will be Mrs Alfreda Howlett who at the Festival of Britain in 1951
was one of the founding members of our Society. We are thrilled that Freda will be with
us on this wonderful evening.
Our Guest Speaker will be the internationally renowned Sherlock Holmes scholar, Mr.
Leslie Klinger. Leslie S. Klinger is considered to be one of the world’s foremost
authorities on Sherlock Holmes. He is the editor of the three-volume set The New
Annotated Sherlock Holmes, published by W.W. Norton in 2004 and 2005. The first two
volumes, The Complete Short Stories, won the Edgar, the highest award of the Mystery
Writers of America, for "Best Critical/Biographical" work in 2005 and were short-listed
for the Macavity, the Anthony, and the Agatha award. In 2006, the third volume, The
Novels, was nominated for the Edgar, the Macavity, the Anthony, and the Agatha awards,
as well as a "Quill" award in the Mystery/Thriller category. In 1998, the first volume of
Les's award-winning Sherlock Holmes Reference Library was published by Gasogene
Books. Aimed at the serious student of Sherlock Holmes, the Reference Library includes
annotated editions of all nine volumes of Holmes tales as originally published by Sir
Arthur Conan Doyle. The Baker Street Journal concluded, "There is no doubt that
Klinger’s work...will become the standard text of reference for all serious
Sherlockians..." Mr. Klinger is currently working on a tenth volume, an annotated
collection of the "apocrypha," stories about Holmes that are not quite part of the official
"Canon." Mr. Klinger has also published The New Annotated Dracula. We are so pleased
that Mr. Klinger is able to join us on this memorable occasion.
The menu for the Dinner is as follows:-
- Hot Smoked Salmon and Peppered Mackerel Fishcake
- Ballotine of Free-range Chicken with Aubergine Roulade stuffed with Goats’
Cheese and Piquillo Peppers
- Dark Chocolate Teardrop filled with raspberry and White Chocolate Mousse
(with fresh berries and coulis)
- Selection of British and Irish Cheeses
(with celery, grapes, seasonal chutney and assorted breads)
Members may know that the seating capacity of the Cholmondeley Terrace Dining Room
is limited to 120 and that this means it is only possible for members to invite one guest
each. If the Dinner is oversubscribed a ballot will be held immediately after the closing
date for applications, which is Saturday 7th May. Security at the House of Lords is
necessarily strict, and admission will be by formal invitation only: for this reason we
need to know the full name of your guest if you are bringing one. Successful applicants
will receive personalized invitation cards which will have to be produced to the police on
the night in order to gain entrance to the building. If you expect to be away from your
usual address at that time please give an address to which the invitation cards should be
sent to ensure safe receipt.
Fish or vegetarian alternatives will be available if ordered in advance, and special dietary
requirements can also be catered for provided sufficient notice is given. Space is
provided on the application form for you to state your requirements.
The charge for the evening will be £79 / $158 per head, inclusive of everything except
drinks which must be paid for individually on the night. Copies of the House of Lords
wine and bar lists will be sent to all successful applicants so that they can order in
advance: we have found that this gives everyone more time to mingle with friends in the
bar beforehand - although you will be able to place an order on the night if you prefer.
The Dinner is a formal occasion and it is customary for gentlemen to wear dinner jackets
(black tie) and for ladies to wear evening dress (short or long) but this is not obligatory.
Visitors from overseas in particular may not wish to bring dress clothes for one evening
only, and we should like to assure them that dark lounge suits and cocktail dresses are
Smoking is not permitted in any rooms, including the pre-prandial bar and the Dining
For those attending the Dinner, there is an optional Guided Tour of the Houses of
Parliament at no extra cost. The tour starts at 5.45pm on the evening of the Dinner and
will be led by Official Guides in groups of 25. The guides will tell the story of this
famous building and answer questions. The tour does involve some stair climbing.
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