AL FRESCO JAZZ

Savilians Felix Rigg (piano) and Jonny Baynes (percussion) are joined by various renowned jazz artistes. 

AL FRESCO JAZZ

Savilians Felix Rigg (piano) and Jonny Baynes (percussion) are joined by various renowned jazz artistes. 

SEND FOR LEVENE – PETER LEVENE, BARON LEVENE OF PORTSOKEN IN CONVERSATION WITH SAVILIAN DAVID OLDROYD-BOLT

A fascinating autobiography covering the multifaceted career of Peter Levene (Lord Levene of Portsoken KBE) – successful businessman turned senior civil servant and then renowned commercial trouble shooter. Along the way Peter also had time to be Lord Mayor of London.

Peter Levene’s career has uniquely straddled both the public and private sectors at the highest levels …invariably in troubled times.

In Send for Levene the author charts his commercial career from his early days in establishing United Scientific Holdings PLC as a multi-million pound listed company to his sudden transformation into a senior civil servant as Chief of Defence Procurement at the invitation of Michael Heseltine the then Minister of Defence.

This was followed by a move into investment banking and an unexpected appointments to act as Prime Minister John Major’s Efficiency Advisor. Peter was then appointed to put the troubled Docklands Light Railway back on the rails before becoming Chairman and Chief Executive of the also financially troubled Canary Wharf development.

This book is full of fascinating insights into business and government – national and international.

 “His story, told with a refreshing simplicity and frankness, will resonate with anyone who has started their own business, or sought to get a grip on the complexities of management in the public sector or troubled private sector projects. His achievement in the Defence Ministry and later as advisor to John Major created his reputation as the ‘go to’ trouble-shooter”.

 Rt Hon The Lord Heseltine CH PC

“Peter Levene gives fixers a good name. He always answers the call and he has done his country and the state very considerable service.  This book is full of fascination and insight”. 

The Lord Hennessy of Nympsfield 

 “Peter Levene played a major role in winning the Cold War. He was one of the few very successful business leaders who also possessed the skills and personality to lead and transform in government. By instilling discipline, blocking gold-plating and forcing competition he enabled Britain to build train and deploy forces that were among the best in the world. His dramatic reforms provided an example that transferred rapidly to the much larger Pentagon and enabled the NATO alliance to field naval and land forces that were the major factor in winning the Cold War. His memoir is a page-turner and a timely cook book for our current security challenges”. John Lehman, US Secretary of the Navy (1981-87)

INFORMAL JAZZ EVENING

Savilians Felix Rigg (piano) and Jonny Baynes (percussion) are joined by various renowned jazz artistes. 

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SAVILE HISTORY – PROF ANDREW SC RICE ON DOOMED TO GO IN COMPANY WITH MISERABLE PAIN: THE FATE OF MILITARY AMPUTEES AFTER THE GREAT WAR

Limb trauma was the most prevalent category of survivable wound in the Great War and this remains the case for 21st century conflicts. A frequent consequence of limb trauma was amputa

tion and a legacy of the War was the largest cohort of amputees in history; by 1918, in the United Kingdom alone, 42,000 young men had lost limbs. The speaker will review why limb injuries were so prevalent in the Great War and why they were usually managed by lifesaving amputation. He will elucidate the remarkable medical advances through which the mortality associated with thigh wounds converted from 80% in 1914 to less than 10% by 1918. After the War, these young men faced a lifetime of disability, which not only had personal consequences but societal implications, especially when it came to the impact of such disability on gainful employment and on funding pensions. 

Andrew Rice will discuss the case history of Lt Francis Hopkinson, an old Marlburian Durham Light Infantry Officer, wounded in 1917 during the 3rd Battle of Ypres.  He will especially discuss how chronic pain, which manifests both in the amputation stump and in the “phantom” limb, is a “hidden” disability in amputees. Despite considerable advances in other aspects of amputation related disability such as prothesis engineering, post amputation pain remains a medical challenge. Andrew concludes that his profession has failed to learn from history and forgotten the lessons of the Great War.

Andrew Rice is Professor of Pain Research in the Faculty of Medicine at Imperial College and Hon. Consultant in Pain Medicine at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital. He is also a member of the Guild of Battlefield Guides.  During the talk he will refer to historical research conducted by his PhD student Sarah Dixon-Smith who he supervises in collaboration with Dr Emily Mayhew (Imperial College) and Dr George Hay (The National Archives). Her work is funded by The Royal British Legion through the Imperial College Centre for Blast Injury Studies. He will also refer to his current research on the chronic pain consequences of wounding in recent conflicts which is funded by the Ministry of Defence.

Chairman – Savilian Mike Senior

IMPROVISATION TO FILM BY STUDENTS FROM THE ROYAL ACADEMY FOR MUSIC

This concert presents seven talented students from the Royal Academy of Music improvising to silent film. All film is by nature silent, so these students will use material taken from silent period (1896 – ca. 1930) and from later films. The concert includes improvisations on short extracts of films across the genres of comedy, cartoons, romance and action films by two pianists, string and woodwind players. 

CANDIDATES’ DINNER

Proposers and their Candidates are invited to attend a dinner hosted by the Club at which several members of the General Committee will be present. This will give candidates the opportunity of meeting both members of the Committee and other Savilians.

TO WAR WITH THE WALKERS – ANNABEL VENNING IN CONVERSATION WITH SAVILIAN DAVID OLDROYD-BOLT

Annabel Venning will be talking on the subject of her new book, To War with

the Walkers: Three Soldiers, a War Bride, a Nurse and a Doctor, One Family’s Extraordinary Story of the Second World War.

To War with the Walkers, named as one of The Times books of the year 2019, is the incredible true story of her maternal grandfather Walter Walker’s family during the Second World War.

The Walkers, Arthur and Dorothea and their six children, lived in Tiverton in Devon but they were an Empire family – generations of them had lived and worked in India, mainly as army officers and doctors.

By the time the Second World War broke out those six children were all aged between twenty and thirty and all became embroiled in the war.

The book follows their stories, from the London Blitz to the Prisoner of War camps on the Death Railway in Thailand, the battlefields of Asia and Europe.  

Annabel Venning was brought up in Hong Kong, Brunei, Germany and England, educated at Durham University and worked as a journalist on the Daily Mail before becoming a freelance writer and publishing her first book, Following the Drum in 2005. She lives in Wiltshire with her husband, the writer and broadcaster Guy Walters.

 “Once read, never forgotten.” The Times

“A heart-pounding narrative.” The Daily Mail