Hyde Park Barracks in London, home of the Household Cavalry, was the venue for our ‘Evening with Julian Fellowes’ on the 2nd October.
The evening consisted of a champagne reception for 115 guests and a 3-course dinner followed by our highly esteemed after dinner speaker, Lord Fellowes.
Guests were greeted at the entrance by two Blues and Royals guards in full uniform and dinner was announced by the regimental trumpeter. Each table of ten had a senior NCO or Warrant Officer joining it, they had all seen active service in Iraq or Afghanistan so could answer the many questions guests had.
The room was resplendent with the regimental silver and we had 2 auction items between each courses. The items were fairly unique, and included a personal tour for six people of the barracks followed by lunch in the Officers Mess, a table of ten at the Square Mile Salute – ‘A Night under Michelin Stars’ including Michel and Albert Roux. The auction raised £7,300 together with a draw for a bottle of Laurent Perrier Champagne raising an additional £841.00.
Julian Fellowes gave a highly entertaining and humorous talk on his life including Downton Abbey and his Oscar winning Gosford Park.
The evening was a resounding success with guests asking when the next one will be, (let’s get over this one first!!!). The event was shared equally with the Household Cavalry, and raised in excess of £19,000 with proceeds split equally between brainstrust and the Household Cavalry Foundation – two very worthy causes we hope you agree.
We are hoping to hold another event in the New Year at Hyde Park Barracks and another one at Horseguards.