Annual Dinner 2016

£30 per person for 3 course meal with wine and coffee

EARLY BIRD PRICE of £28 per person available until 31st August 30th September (extended due to popular request).

7pm for 7.30pm at the Cottonwood Hotel, 81 Grove Road, Bournemouth

The full menu is now available at the foot of this page. Please confirm your menu choices at the time of booking either by telephone or email using the contacts shown below.

Our Speaker

Don Foster was MP for Bath for 23 years until 2015. He has held a number of Front Bench positions within the Liberal Democrats and was the Party’s Chief Whip under the Coalition. He was born in Preston, Lancashire and attended Lancaster Royal Grammar School. He went on to study at Keele University and the University of Bath.


In 1981 he was elected as a councillor to Avon County Council for Cabot ward, and was the SDP-Liberal Alliance group leader from 1981 to 1986. He also served as the county's education committee chairman, and he remained a councillor until 1989.

He first stood for Parliament in Bristol East in the 1987 General Election. At the next General Election, in 1992, he stood in Bath and beat then-chairman of the Conservative Party, Chris Patten. Don won the seat with a majority of over 3,000 which increased at every election. During his years in Parliament Don held a number of roles. He was a spokesman on education under Paddy Ashdown from 1992 to 1999. He went on to hold the position of Liberal Democrat Shadow Culture Secretary and in September 2012 Don joined the Department for Communities and Local Government as a Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State. In 2013 he was promoted from this role and made the Party’s Chief Whip in the House of Commons. Don announced he would be stepping down as MP for Bath ahead of the 2015 General Election. Following the election he joined the House of Lords taking the title Lord Foster of Bath.

Don is well known for his excellent, but humorous speeches and a great evening is guaranteed. 

Booking and information

Please book and pay for your place using the form below, alternatively please contact:

Dinner co-ordinator: Alfreda Christensen Barton of Flat 26 The Pines 16 Knyveton Road Bournemouth BH1 3QL Tel: 01202 556367
Social Secretary: Laura Young Tel: 07807 174165 [email protected]


1. Rose of Galia and Cantaloupe Melon, berry compote
2. Chicken Liver parfait ,onion marmalade and granary toast
3. Roasted Vine Tomato and Sweet Pepper Soup

Main course
1. Grilled Sea Bass, Cajun spiced vegetables, sauteed new potatoes
with sauce vierge
2. Oven baked Breast of chicken pearl barley risotto, red wine jus
3. Treacle glazed Fillet of Pork wrapped in bacon, fondant potatoes, red wine jus and vegetables
4. Basil Linguini, roasted pine nuts and Parmesan Crisp

1. Irish Whisky cheesecake, toffee sauce
2. Apple Pie with custard or cream
3. Fresh Fruit Salad or Cheese and Biscuits

A glass of wine is included with your meal followed by tea or coffee

When making your boooking please confirm your menu choices via email to
[email protected] or by telephone to Alfreda Christensen Barton on 01202 556367

See you there!

October 13, 2016 at 7:00pm - 10:30pm
Cottonwood Hotel
81 Grove Rd
Bournemouth BH1 3AP
United Kingdom
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