We hope that you are well, are enjoying the summer weather such as it is, and aren’t being too much inconvenienced by the current trials and tribulations of the railways.
On the social front, as you may know, we organised a SCARA get together which took place towards the end of April in a pub in central Southampton. We had just under fifty people attend and as far we could tell most people thoroughly enjoyed the event ( there is a full report on the SCARA website ).
In order to get ideas for future planning , we asked everyone who attended if they could let us know what they thought about the April function and for their ideas on future such events. The consensus response to this was that most people would very much like to attend another event at the end of the summer and that they would also be prepared to pay a modest amount to attend.
Accordingly we have done a bit of research of suitable venues in Southampton and have selected the Everest Cuisine restaurant (www.everestcuisine.co.uk) as an appropriate venue for a SCARA event in September. This is to be held on September 15th and will be a Buffet curry lunch from 1230 to 1430. The charge per head will be £15, plus drinks which will be to the account of individuals attending. The restaurant is easily accessible from Southampton station and there is some on street parking and multi-story car parks nearby .
We have already been to sample the food there and its excellent, so we very much hope that you will be able to come and join us for a get together on September 15th. We will have our own separate room and there is plenty of space. So do put this in your diaries, and please let us know if you would like to attend, so that we can assess likely numbers. Also tell all your ex-OCL/POCL/PONL colleagues who you think might want to come and ask them to contact us if they are interested. It goes without saying that this function is for partners as well.
Meantime enjoy the summer and your various holidays, keep safe, watch out for further updates on this event and we very look forward to seeing you in September in Southampton
With very best regards
Julian Bevis and James Baxter