For over one hundred years the Old Camdenians have been held to account by their Annual General Meeting where reports and accounts are verified and new officers and committee members appointed. It is no surprise that it is held on the same day as our annual dinner/lunch, therefore the numbers of members attending have been quite high. In 2020, owing to the Covid-19 Pandemic social distancing rules our annual get together was postponed, however, we did hold our 111th AGM via Zoom where Alex Bols, Chair of Governors at Beacon High School, held up his glass of red wine and toasted all Old Camdenians for their continued support and very generous donations towards the Chromebook Fund. There followed a discussion in breakout rooms with members from around the world and a showing of Brian Lofts award winning silent film ‘The Prefects’ (1961). It was back to normal in 2021 for our 112th AGM.
In 2022, we had another opportunity to dine at the school and hold our 113th AGM in person. George Ives, Honorary Life Vice President of the OCC and his wife Pam (Honorary OC) were our guests of honour at our annual lunch.
On Friday 27th October 2023, we had another opportunity to dine at the school and hold our 114th AGM in person, We also had it broadcast live on Zoom to allow members to join us from around the world and they were able to chat amongst themselves.. Alan Meyer, Honorary Life Vice President of the OCC, officiated at the George and Pam Ives memorial photograph and plaque assisted by Dr Jane Steele and Jacky Nickless, George and Pam’s niece and niece-in-law. They joined Alan on the top table at our annual lunch.
Laurence Marks, an Eminent Old Camdenian, read from his 1960’s schoolboy diaries and had us in tears of laughter – thank you Laurence. Also, as a tribute to the late Brian Lofts we screened his award winning silent film ‘The Prefects’ (1961).
Dr Raymond Rowe Hon. Sec. OCC