May 2007


There are a number of events planned for the remainder of 2007, two of which need your urgent attention please:


Dinner at the House of Lords, 29 Oct   Booking deadline 25 May


Visit to Wakehurst Place, 27 June         Booking deadline 31 May


Details on both are given overleaf, with booking forms.  Members are welcome to bring partners to all events.


Other forthcoming 2007 events:


Sunday 13 May                                             Ashdown Forest walk with David Streeter.

Details in Newsletter 4.  Sign-up deadline

past but numbers flexible: contact Ken

Wheeler (


Saturday 15/Sunday 16 September           1960s alumni reunion weekend on campus

                                                                        Including informal performance of choral                                                                music in the Meeting House chapel from 2–                                                                      4pm followed by concert at Falmer Church                                                                    5.30–6.15pm.  Singers mostly former

University choral scholars accompanied by

former organ scholars Stephen King & Alan



Sunday 2 December                                    University Carol Service in the Meeting

House followed by mulled wine and mince



Friday 14 December                                    Suss-Ex Christmas lunch party in the

                                                                        Meeting House


Some further events such as theatre trips may be arranged nearer the time: contact Jennifer Platt (ext 2446 or




Finally, please note that I have been appointed Deputy Director of the St Paul’s Ca­thedral Foundation, so after 18 enjoyable months back at my old University, I shall be leaving on 25 May – but will, as a former member of staff, be back to participate in some of these myself!   A successor to my post will be appointed shortly who will continue to support Suss-Ex.   Roger Walkinton



Former SPRU Senior Fellow Baroness Margaret Sharp will be hosting a University of Sussex dinner in the Cholmondeley Room at the House of Lords on Monday 29 Oc­tober 2007 at 7 for 7.30pm.  Former Vice-Chancellor and Chair of the Suss-Ex steering group Professor Sir Gordon Conway will welcome us.  We are delighted to announce that Baroness Shirley Williams has agreed to speak after the dinner.


Current staff and their partners will also be very welcome to attend, numbers permitting, and all are now invited to apply.


All-inclusive tickets are now on sale @ £65.  Please make cheques payable to the University of Sussex and send them by 25 May 2007, together with your completed booking form, to the dinner organiser, Jackie Fuller, at the address below (not to the DARO office).


Menu:   Starter: Stilton & pesto on puff pastry

              Main Course: Roast rack of lamb with coriander & spice crust


              Risotto of Mediterranean vegetables

              Dessert: Blood-orange charlotte with St Clements sauce

              Coffee with chocolate truffles


              Drinks: Sherry or soft drink on arrival and all wines with meal


Those booking will be sent a personalised invitation card (which they will need to bring with them to gain entry to the House of Lords) and will also receive full instruc­tions about where to go on arrival etc.  Dress Code: lounge suit.


Name(s) (please print):


Address (for formal invitation card):






Email address (please print):


I would like……place(s) at the House of Lords Suss-Ex dinner on 29 October 2007.

Of this number …… require the vegetarian option.


I enclose my cheque payable to the “University of Sussex” for £………


I am a former/current* member of University of Sussex staff (*delete as appropriate)


Please return this form and cheque by 25 May 2007 to Jackie Fuller,

21 Pelham Square, Brighton, BN1 4ET


Wednesday 27 June 2007:


Guided visit to Wakehurst Place garden and Seed Bank

Assemble at the ticket counter in the gift shop at 10.30 for the tour, which will end by noon.  National Trust members enter free and others gain a group discount if they number at least 10.  Assuming we muster a group of 10 non-NT members, the total cost of admission and the tour will be £10.60 per person (NT members £2.50), pay­able on the day.  Please respond by Thursday 31st May.

Number of persons (not NT members): ........

Number of persons (NT members): ........


Transport to and from Wakehurst Place  (Please indicate your situation.)

No problem


but I could not provide a lift.

I could give a lift to


one  / two  / three


from the university



I / we would need a lift


from the university




















Please return this form to Dr David Betts, Tudor Cottage, 30 Tivoli Road, Brigh­ton BN1 5BH or contact