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Dining with the Other Half Club

The first winter dinner of this friendly, lively group took place on 2 November at the Café du Marché when 28 diners attended. We were delighted to have as our guest Amy Guna, the outgoing society news editor for The Actuary. This dinner marked for Jean Grenville-Jones and Margaret Ross the end of their period of office as chairperson and secretary/treasurer respectively. Their successors Lindy Clay and Jane Bennett were introduced and offered good wishes for their two-year posts.

It was with regret that news of the resignation of Goldie Benjamin was also shared. Mrs Benjamin, widow of Sidney, was a founding member of the club and is a much-loved figure. Sadly, ill-health has increasingly restricted her activities and she no longer feels well enough to attend Other Half Club events.

As the evening came to a close, Jeff Medlock, as a trustee of the Company of Actuaries Charitable Trust, was presented with a cheque by Jean Grenville-Jones as the outgoing chairperson of the club. As always, a convivial evening among friends was enjoyed, with attentive service from the Café du Marché staff, some of whom have known our group for many years and obviously enjoy the evening as much as we do. We look forward to the next two years with two further dinners on 25 January and 22 March 2010, our annual London walks with Robin Michaelson, and other activities yet to be decided.

It is hoped, too, that those members attending the International Congress of Actuaries in Cape Town in March will be able to continue with the practice of holding a breakfast to which the ‘other halves’ of some of the international actuaries will be invited.


The Other Half Club was formed 22 years ago and its members are all wives, partners or widows of actuaries. The club came into being to provide opportunities for members to meet three times a year, whilst their spouses attend dining clubs after Institute meetings during the winter. It is a time of good company and good food in a friendly, relaxed environment.

Events are also arranged over the summer and include London City walks led by a qualified Red London guide and golfing events for those so inclined. The International Congress also provides an opportunity to meet new people when an ‘Other Half’ breakfast meeting is usually organized.

Over the years, outings to visit the National Theatre backstage, a tour on a London Duck and a production of Rigoletto at an open-air theatre have been enjoyed. New ideas are always welcome .

Further details are available from either:
Jane Bennett – Secretary/Treasurer
Email: jane@jbims@demon.co.uk
Tel 01707 262879
Lindy Clay – Chairman
Email ljclay@btinternet.com
Tel 01582 833032