St George's Day Lunch 2015 - Raises funds for Renaissance: St Albans

Posted: 28th April 2015, 10:12am

Over 350 guests from the business community enjoyed a traditional 3 course lunch at Sopwell House on Friday at the Chamber of Commerce legendary St George’s Day Lunch, organised by Lisa Bates.

Celebrating St George, history and culture in style at Sopwell House Hotel, the event was sponsored by Santander Corporate & Commercial led locally by Lee Francis. The guest speaker, Times columnist Matthew Parris was sponsored by local law firm SA Law. 

After lunch and some rousing English songs, Chris Small from Hertfordshire Auctions led a charity auction in aid of Renaissance St Albans: Your new museum and gallery at the heart of our city. For more information visit

New Chamber President David Clarke

said "It was wonderful once again to see so many of our members and their guests at the St George's Day Lunch this year.  The lunch, which raised a huge sum for the Renaissance St Albans Project, has become a landmark event in the annual business calendar and its success is completely driven by the willingness of our members to attend and generously sponsor the event which in turn allows us to make a significant donations to local charities and projects.  Our members recognise that we are tremendously privleged to live in such a historic city and we were delighted to contribute to the planned works of the Renaissance St albans Project which when completed will benefit our entire community"

Guests rounded off the evening at The Brickyard, who hosted the after party this year. James Hanning (owner) sponsored the event which was a huge success in such a spacious and suitable venue - the new place to be on a Friday night!

Thanking our sponsors:

Santander Corporate & Commercial

SA Law

Kingston Smith

Cerco Communications


Impact Promotional Merchandise

Principal Security & Chauffeurs

Debenhams Ottaway

My Mustard


Their support is much appreciated.

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