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Dear all,

I hope that you all had a good Christmas period, and although we are now in to February I want to wish you all a Happy New Year. 

The newsletter is a little late this month, as we had the Star Tavern luncheon on Friday 28th January  You will find a number of photos from the lunch below. We are also starting a new feature in each month's newsletter, we will be reproducing an interesting snippet from the archives of the Douai Magazine. This first excerpt is taken from the introduction of the very first Magazine in January 1894. You will find this included in the newsletter below.

Before the star tavern lunch the council had a meeting and one of the discussions was around the recent decision to only send the newsletter to members. A number of non-members were vey disappointed with this decision and as a result of this feedback it has been decided that the newsletter will continue to be sent to all. We want to ensure as many people are kept up to date and connected with the society and we hope that this decision will allow for this.

We still encourage as many people as possible to become members of the society, as becoming a members allows for the society to continue providing communications and events to help keep everyone connected. Members also get a number of benefits including, receiving early notification of certain events including early booking of tickets, as well as a members discounted price on selected events. They will also be included in the membership handbook which is due to be printed in the spring. To see the full list of benefits on being a member of the society please click here.
  • Ronan Brocklesby (42/46) sadly died on the 4th January 2022.
  • Carl Watkins (49/52) died peacefully at home on the 22nd January 2022 aged 86. 
  • Please click here to find the programme of Retreat and Reflection Days at Douai Abbey for 2022, one or other of which we warmly invite you to join. Enquiries to
  • Sean Marett (76/78/81) Chief Business and Chief Commercial Officer at BioNTech AG, developer of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, is made a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) for his services to the development of a COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Max Forrester (73/77) is cycling the London to Brighton bike ride in June for the British Heart Foundation. To learn more and support this cause please click here 
  • Stephan Roman (61/66/70) has recently published book about Anglo-Russian relations. It’s called 'Isle and Empires : Romanov Russia, Britain and the Isle of Wight''. Please click here to view the flyer with further information. A copy of this book will be added to the Douai Room Library at the earliest opportunity. 
Lost Sheep:
We have been trying to track down the following OD's for another former pupil. If you have any information that may help then do get in touch.
  • Jeremy Cannell (67/72)
  • John Hailey (66/70)
  • Derek Blake (33/37)
Star Tavern Luncheon photos:
23 Dowegians attended the Star Tavern luncheon last Friday. Please click here to see a few photos from the afternoon.
From the Archives

Each month, we will be reproducing an interesting snippet from the archives of the Douai Magazine. This first excerpt is taken from the introduction of the very first Magazine in January 1894:

"That the history of our Alma Mater is worth recording, every loyal Son of Douai will admit. Quite recently, within her hallowed walls, our Alma Mater welcomes many loyal sons from afar o celebrate her Diamond Jubilee... but anther Jubilee will come, and another, and many a one we hope we crown her in prosperity: but where is the record of this history?... The idea of publishing a college magazine is not new to Douai. Times without number it has been discussed... That we may succeed, we know to be the wish of every true Alumnus of Douai. That we shall succeed depends, primarily, on the will of Him Whose aid we all seek and then, in an infinitely less degree, on our own wills and energy. "Dominus Mihi Adjutor" however stands as our motto, and as long as the Lord is our helper, we shall have no fear. We have been obliged to alter the title from The Edmundian to The Douai Magazine [as] it appears we were originally misinformed with regard to the existence of The Edmundian from St Edmund's, Ware... In defining our reasons for publishing a college magazine, we stated that we hoped to do ourselves some good thereby. But there is another motive ulterior to this - we wish to establish some medium whereby the older generations of Douai students shall be kept in touch with their Alma Mater. Many a loyal Son of Douai, far away from his college home, far away even from his college companions and acquaintances, yearns to hear of the Dear Old Place!"
News from the Douai Foundation:

The Douai Foundation has just announced that is is open to grant applications. Applications can be made by any school or college with a Benedictine ethos, by individual monastic communities, or by Benedictine congregations, worldwide. Do you know of a school or project that could benefit from a grant? If so, please click here to learn more about applying for a grant from the Foundation.

Please make sure you pre book all events.
  • Commemorative Stone Unveiling Ceremony - Date TBC. Spring 2022.
 If you are receiving this email, but are not yet a member of the Society, this is an excellent opportunity to join. For just £15 a year, you will receive:
  • Upon joining, a copy of the Society's 150th Anniversary Magazine (edited by our Hon. Secretary)
  • A copy of the 2022 Members' Handbook
  • Monthly newsletter 
  • Eligibility for a £15 subsidy per person for any event you organise with two or more Dowegians
  • Priority booking and discounts on certain events
Click Here To Become A Member of the Douai Society

Best wishes,


Holly Little
Membership Secretary & Webmaster
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