The SEJ 2015 season is under way

Rye played host to the first SEJ fixture of 2015. And what a superb weekend it was.

After a heavy losses on Saturday, a “Rye-vival” was needed on Sunday. Despite a valiant effort, it was too much for the SEJs who were comfortably beaten by a strong Rye side.

The SEJs in 2015

Dear SEJs, current and former,

With less than two weeks of 2014 remaining and festivities dominating the weekday calendar, I thought I’d take the opportunity of a lazy Sunday morning to kick off the new season for the SEJs.

Firstly, my sincere thanks to James and his Committee for putting the Society in such fine health heading into the new year. Record attendances at last year’s annual dinner, summer tour, and winter meeting demonstrate that the Society has never been in better shape. I feel very lucky to be taking over the Captaincy of such a blossoming group.

My thanks also to the 1986 babies leaving us this year. So many of you have contributed so much to the Society and we’re very sorry to see you go. Particular thanks to former captain Ned Fox and Committee stalwart (and Knockout fiend) Thomas Webb-Wilson for everything you have given; the society is a far better place for having benefitted from your presence, time and effort over recent years.

The Committee

Four rookies join six veterans from last year to form a stellar Committee for 2015, who will be filling the following roles and taking responsibility for arranging all of our fixtures. Please feel free to get in touch with any of us if you have any questions.

Captain – Chris Robinson (
Treasurer – Stephen Tillie (
Members’ Secretary – Laura Heggarty (
Annual Dinner – Niamh O’Connor ( Camilla Thompson (
Tour – Will Lutton (, Lucy Bannerman (
Knockout – Will Lutton (
2016 Fixtures – Jimmy Smyth (
Comms – Samir Nanji (
Social – Rosie Niven ( , Lucy Bannerman (
Results – Camilla Thompson (


Attached is a copy of the 2015 fixture list. Each fixture will be organised by one or two of the committee, and teams will be selected in the weeks before, ensuring as many of us are included over the year as possible.

We kick off with one of the best weekends of the year, against Rye on 17/18 January, with matches against Oxford University at Huntercombe, and Worplesdon, soon to follow in February. I’ll be in touch over the next week with more details for Rye, but please do save the date for now if you’d like to play.

Annual Dinner – Friday 27 February, Le Meridien, Piccadilly

The end of February sees the SEJs return to Le Meridien for the highlight of our social calendar; the Annual Dinner.

Niamh has already circulated the invitation to the current SEJs, and I’ll be sending the invitation to the alumni very soon. Last year saw a record attendance of more than 120 guests, and we’d like nothing more than to beat that again this year. Please speak to Niamh if you have any questions in the meantime.

Annual subscriptions

The fantastic value of SEJ golf continues; annual subscriptions of £25 will be due on 1 March 2015. Our new treasurer, Stephen Tillie, will be in touch regarding payment nearer the time.

That’s all for now; I hope you’re all as excited as I am for the following 12 months. I look forward to seeing you all in the new year.

Merry Christmas one and all!


Chris Robinson
SEJ Captain 2015

End of Season Update 2014

Dear Mr President, Vice-Presidents, SEJs, ex-SEJs and friends of the SEJs,

As another eventful SEJ year draws to a close, it gives me great pleasure to look back on a hugely successful 12 months for the society. My year as Captain has been thoroughly enjoyable, thanks in no small part to a romantic valentines golf lesson with last year’s Captain Ned (don’t ask), is there a better way to start the term? That aside, this year has given me the opportunity to work with an amazingly enthusiastic and diligent committee, play a whole host of world class golf courses and make many more friends for life.

The Society continues to expand at a rate only matched by my waistline during a Denham lunch, with a growing number of both active members and fixtures. 2014’s highlights included a Summer Tour to Devon, with the now famous ‘Folder of Fun’ – a must for any tour organiser, our largest winter meeting in memory at Littlestone with over 40 players braving the links, and a victory in the Walton Heath Triangular for the Truett Trophy. On the social side, the Annual Dinner in March saw yet another record attendance, shortly followed by a hugely successful SEJ Ski Trip. We celebrated the engagement of ex-SEJs Dale Johnstone and Emma Coe, before adding the inaugural Thompson Tennis Tournament to the summer sporting calendar.

In 2015, we can look forward to two additional fixtures at Royal Blackheath and St George’s Hill, alongside the first Spring Meeting at Rye and the return of the Worplesdon Scratch Mixed Foursomes, not to mention a plethora of other sporting and social activities run by the Captain and committee.

With that, it is my pleasure to announce that Chris Robinson has been elected as Captain for 2015, the 59th year of the Society. Despite sustaining season restricting injuries from both the SEJ Ski Trip and a Croatian boat party, Chris has been a hugely committed member and has worked diligently as this year’s Treasurer. I have no doubt that he will prove to be an excellent leader, and will, with the help of his committee ensure that our traditions are maintained, new members welcomed and the society continues from strength to strength.

Before I sign off, I have two reminders, both of which I am sure are already firmly inked into your diaries:

Thursday 11th December 2014 – SEJ Christmas Drinks

The Folly, Monument from 6.30pm. Current SEJs, prospective members, alumni and friends are extremely welcome and we would love to share a festive drink with you all.

Friday 27th February 2015 – SEJ Annual Dinner

Le Méridien, Piccadilly. Full details to follow shortly, but expect it to be one of the best yet. I know Niamh O’Connor is planning to sell out all 200 seats…

Thanks again, and best wishes to Chris and his committee for the year ahead!


James Pearson
SEJ Captain | 2014