FOR ALL THOSE WITH AN INTEREST
IN BRITISH INDIA STEAM NAVIGATION (BI)
FOR THE 150TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE FOUNDING OF THE COMPANY IN 1856
MAY 1, 2006 - COLOMBO
international reunion marking the 150th year since the founding of
British India Steam Navigation Company will be
held in Sri Lanka at the Mt Lavinia Resort (pictured), south of Colombo.
The Reunion will be held in the first week in May 2006, commencing
with flights on April 30.
Mt Lavinia can cater
for our numbers and the functions, and the accommodation costs are
less than most resorts. There is also the Palm Beach
Hotel nearby, which will work with Mt Lavinia Hotel. Galle Face
Hotel closer to Colombo, about 15 minutes from Mount Lavinia Hotel in
a taxi, is also available.
of the Reunion | Programme
For those who wish to
make their own travel arrangements and those from Australia and New Zealand
the following land-only prices apply and include all of the benefits
except the flights. Per person, based on twin room, sharing (single occupancy)
Lavinia Hotel - £271 (£432)
Beach Hotel - £271 (£432)
Face Hotel - £261 (£459)
Air fares from Australia
and New Zealand are difficult to get at the moment.
However, Singapore Airlines seem to be offering the best deal at
present. We suggest you budget as follows, all flights via Singapore;
Auckland/Colombo/Auckland by Emirates via Brisbane to Colombo NZ$1,900
Sydney/Colombo/Sydney by BA, direct AU$ 1,500
Perth/Colombo/Perth by Emirates direct to Colombo AU$1,600
Brisbane will probably be the same as Sydney
Adelaide/Colombo/Adelaide should be similar to the other prices
The package price
for the venue which includes return flights, taxes, transfers to and
from the hotel and a hospitality desk, bed and breakfast, the barbeque,
the 150th BI anniversary dinner and the Sunday curry luncheon.
UK flights will
be London Heathrow direct to Colombo with Sri Lankan Airlines, or from
Glasgow, Birmingham, Manchester, London Heathrow and London Gatwick
via Dubai with Emirates Air.
For UK residents the seven-day
package is based on twin sharing (single
room occupancy supplement)
Hotel - £843 each (£168)
Beach Hotel - £843 each
Face Hotel - £833 each (£198)
at the hotels will cost approx: Lunch US$11.50 (approx £6.50) Dinner
US$12.50 (approx £7.00).
By allowing seven
days for the reunion, the organisers hope everyone will plenty of
opportunities for sightseeing, including visiting Kandy and shopping
in Colombo, and maybe even have a Planters Punch in the GOH in the
centre of Colombo.
If you expect to
attaned the reunion and have not yet paid the registration fee, please
download a registration
form here. Print the form, complete and send
to the appropriate representative. Booking instructions will be forwarded
on receipt of the registration Form with the £15
residents the seven-day package including transfers
to and from the hotel, and a hospitality desk, seven days' bed and breakfast,
BBQ, Gala Dinner and Curry Lunch, based on twin sharing (single room
Mount Lavinia Hotel – NZ$856 each (NZ$495), or AU$790 each (AU$455)
Face Hotel - NZ$801 each (NZ$600) or
AU$737 each (AU$552)
Palm Beach - NZ$856 each (NZ$495)
or AU$790 each (AU$455)
at the hotel will cost approximately: Lunch NZ$18
(AU$16) Dinner NZ$20 (AU$18).
Flights range from $1,700 to $2,000 depending on departure airport.
Please note there could be some variation if currency exchange rates change
significantly between now and making the final payments.
May 2 - Welcome drinks (evening cocktail party) - optional - finger
May 3 - Introduction - informal
get-together - evening
barbecue on the beach with fireworks display
May 5 - 150th BI Anniversary Gala Dinner - dress: smart casual - in
Sunday May 7 - Curry
Lunch - mainly chicken, but various meat and vegetarian curry dishes
(with all the condiments), and non-curry and vegetarian dishes for those
who prefer them, in fact something for every taste.
May 8 - departure.
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have tentatively booked 150 rooms at the Mount Lavinia Hotel.
Two thirds have now been allocated. All the events are
being held on the hotel premises.
As there is only waiter service,
the hotel is building four portable bars for our reunion, and these
will be manned and located at the various events, with BI type
wine chits in use.There will be a bar in the pool area, and two will
be placed on the beach for the barbeque and fireworks display.
The main ballroom, is air conditioned, and will be kept open during
the day for our exclusive use complete with a manned bar, for those
that find the midday sun a bit warm. The hotel will be using the ballroom
in the evenings, on two nights for us, and our Sunday Curry Lunch.
There will be a manned information desk in the foyer during the day.
Mark Kenyon in Aukland is taking orders for BI baseball caps, and
the special BI anniversary tie. He can be contacted at: email@example.com
T-shirts and polo shirts can be purchased at the hotel.
interested in organising local interest groups (cadetships, school
cruise ships etc) please get in contact: firstname.lastname@example.org At
some stage an official photographer will be engaged to make a
record of the various BI personnel groups by ship types, if considered
appropriate. (Troopships / School Cruises / Passenger (Ds, Ss, Ks,
M's, etc) / Cargo (Bs, Cs, Ps, Os, Is, Ns Ws, etc) / LSLs, LSTs /
Tankers / and cadetships.
group functions can be organised if required (these to be arranged
closer to the time).
will most probably be BI memorabilia or souvenirs for sale
during the week, if sufficient can be obtained.
will be a daytime manned information desk with a notice board
at Mount Lavinia Hotel with duplicate notice boards in the other
hotels, giving relevant details of forthcoming events and trips.
Probably a display of BI memorabilia, BI photographs, BI News,
and other items of interest, if sufficient can be obtained. The committee
would be extremely happy to receive any BI items that you no
longer require, to add to the collection.
• There will
be ties, blazer badges, baseball caps, T-shirts with a BI motif,
etc for sale at and before the event (contact Mark Kenyon in New
Zealand at email@example.com or
Tel +649 520 4142 with sizes required.)
• A list of those
who have indicated they might attend the reunion is available to
The UK Committee
will deal with those residing everywhere except Australia and New
Australia and New Zealand residents
Tel: +44 1548 511 235
Fax: +44 1548 511 235
& Anne Gates
Tel: +649 528 4199
Fax: +649 528 4290
Tel: +44 1706 351 190
Mob: +44 770 2124 840
Tel: +649 520 4142
Tel: +44 1752-892430
Fax: +44 1752-892430
Tel: +649 575 7467
Fax: +649 528 4290
Tel: +649 528 5279
Fax: +649 528 5769