50 Years of Fleet Language Circle
The Way Ahead
The fall in numbers needs to be put into context, as we still have slightly more paying members than the average since the club began, despite the fall in attendance recently. I am confident that a new publicity drive will reverse this recent fall in numbers.
In the 19 years since I have been involved, there have been times when each of the French, German and Spanish tables have been the best attended. I also remember evenings soon after I joined when only a couple of us turned up to the Spanish table, a fate that has occasionally affected both the French and German tables in the last 10 years.
We plan to celebrate our 50th Anniversary with a dinner at the Lismoyne Hotel, the place where Colonel Roots called the first meeting of Fleet Language Circle. What has struck me when looking through old records is that, despite occasional ups and downs, the club has maintained a similar format and strength for half a century.