John Gamby (RIP)

The Club also note the passing of long esteemed member and Honorary member of more than 40 years, John Gamby.   John worked for many years at Lyle and Scott joining them in 1959 with Y Front who changed their name to Jockey many years later.  John started his working life in the Royal Navy.

John was a well respected member of The 39 Club and regularly attended many Spring lunches after his retirement.   John leaves wife Pauline and three daughters.


George Salmon (RIP)

What a lovely bloke George Salmon was. I remember him especially in his element in the annual double act at the Spring Luncheon with Lord Clive Sinden. My special memory, however, is of a charity golf match in 1984 that pitted The 39 Club versus Austin Reed. As I don’t golf, I offered to caddy for George on the day. Never knowingly underdressed as I am, I hired us both Bertie Wooster-style golfing outfits from the costumier Angel’s. Sadly for us, it was the hottest day of the summer and the suits were in what I estimate to be at least 28oz-30oz tweed. The 19th hole was a welcome sight.

My commiserations go to George’s family and friends.

I was sorry to hear about John Gamby too. He always was a charming gentleman.

Words courtesy Eric Musgrave, Hon Member since 1982


Chairman’s Day Out 2017

Election Day June 8th 2017 will also be memorable for another reason.  The Chairman’s Election escape day saw 9 club members look around the wonderful English Heritage property Apsley House, No1 London.  Home of the current Duke of Wellington and the last Dukes going back including the ex-Prime Minister who was famous for defeating Napoleon at Waterloo in 1815.  Tony our private guide gave the members a wonderful insight into the changes the property has had over the 200 years and the life and time of the famous Duke of Wellington.
After the tour we enjoyed the excellent Club Secretary’s lunch at the Victory Services Club in Seymour Street, W1.  The VSC often hosts lunches and functions for the 39 Club and a good few of the 39 Club are members, many thanks to the catering team  at the VSC for looking after us and providing a superbly fine lunch.