Cry God for Harry, England and St George

After a couple of years break from the successful last St George’s Day Dinner at which we enjoyed listening to a Chas ‘ n Dave tribute Band, the Events Team decided to organise a St George’s Day Luncheon which we were able to hold on Sunday 23rd April.

There was an immediate good response and 75 diners sat down to enjoy a choice of fine fare with a choice as below, but not before the ladies had enjoyed a chilled glass of bubbly donated by members of the Events Team, the men having to buy their own drinks much to the delight of Rob, our resident Hall Bar manager who was anxious to see his takings sparkling!

Jeff the Chef and the Team of dining staff sourced from West Herts College really did pull out all the stops and congratulations are due to them for all of their efforts which were hugely applauded by everyone.

No St George’s Day function would be complete without some rousing singing and we were not to be disappointed because a pianist had been engaged to play during the meal  and then accompanied the trio of Brian Handley, Alex Handley and Tony Smith who lead the assembled ensemble of diners.

Rousing numbers such as Land of Hope and Glory, Jerusalem, and There’ll always be an England filled the dining room with much enthusiasm and no doubt contributed to a very healthy voluntary table collection for local charities who have now received their gifts as already mentioned in earlier items on our website.

It was a most enjoyable event attended by members of a good number of Lodges who meet at Watford and indeed one table was hosted by a member of a Lodge meeting at Radlett.

The Events Team have already booked the Hall for Sunday 22nd April 2018 and it is expected that with so many successful functions with good quality food and entertainment proving that Halsey Hall Watford can deliver a good time to be enjoyed tickets will soon be taken, once they go on sale in January so do make a note in your diary so as not to be disappointed.

As the Bard William Shakespeare was both born and died on 23rd April albeit the former in 1564 ( or thereabouts ) and the latter 1616 has a name of which the anagram is  ‘ I am a weakish speller ‘ next year there could well be a common theme so watch out for further announcements on the web-site.

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St George’s day Charity Luncheon menu


Salmon and Prawn terrine

Tomato, mozzarella and basil salad drizzled with olive oil

Rich chicken liver pate, melba toast, onion compote and bay leaf

Main courses

Roast Beef and Yorkshire/Lancashire puddings

Roast chicken

Mushroom wellington (vegetarian)

All served with all the trimmings


Spotted dick and custard

Sherry trifle

Ice cream

And finally…

Cheeseboard & Coffee

23rd April 2017 A successful event
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