The 'Bentley Boy's' London Supper Club on board HQS Wellington 20th June 2017
Harry Waddingham
 
 
On the hottest day for many years some 54 members and their guests boarded HQS Wellington, berthed in the river Thames on the Victoria embankment, for the summer event for a drinks reception on the Quarter Deck with amazing views out over the Thames.
 
The 'Wellington' , having served served at Dunkirk amongst many other 'theaters of war' and  the last survivor of her class of Royal Navy Sloops has been the home of The Honourable Company of Master Mariners for many years and has the distinction of being the only floating Livery Hall in the country.
With her stem in the City of Westminster and her stern in the City of London, this great London landmark is also a museum to the courage and fortitude of those who served in the Merchant Navy and in the Royal Navy who protected them. 
 
After consuming champagne and bucks fizz  at around 12 mpg we retired to the Court Room for an excellent supper of Grouse followed by Summer Pudding and many, many glasses of Red and White liquid.
 
Our Guest Speaker for the evening was Air Vice Marshal The Honourable David Murray CVO OBE who is CEO of The Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund , was previously CEO of the SSAFA charity and has also worked in The Royal Household. His late father was Lord Murray the the famous former Trade Union Leader.
Davids talk, followed by some interesting questions from the floor, was astounding in the range of events in both the personal and professional parts of his life whilst being delivered in an easy and humorous way which was greatly appreciated by all present. David has also kindly volunteered to meet with us at the The Bomber Command Memorial in Hyde Park on the occasion of our next 'Bentley Boy's' London Supper Club in September, before we go across to the Royal Air Force Club for Supper, to give us an insight into the Memorial.
 
Having thanked David for his outstanding talk, enjoyed a splendid supper with great friends and risen to both the Loyal Toast and to W.O, we wandered out on to The Embankment
into the balmy night air beside the Thames to wend our ways home.