The College Senior Fellows’ Club (SFC) is open to Fellows and Members of the College, across its disciplines, who have retired from substantive practice. Retired Fellows/Members of the other UK Physician and Surgeon Colleges are also welcome to join. The Club was established in 1976 as the College Seniors Club, under the chairmanship of Sir Charles Illingworth. It has been going strong ever since, and had 145 members in the 2018-19 session.
The SFC meets in the College on seven afternoons each session, monthly from October to April. The meetings are centred on a programme of lecture presentations on a wide range of topics, all delivered by Club members. Four of the lectures are preceded by a drinks reception and lunch, and the others are followed by coffee/tea. Membership costs £5 per session, and the normal charge for each lunch/reception is £15. The first lunch/reception in the 2019-20 session will once again be generously funded by the College, in recognition of the contributions made by retired College Fellows/Members over their careers, and of the value placed on the Club.
The SFC enjoys a reputation as a vibrant part of the College life, providing members with a continued link to the College and with opportunities to nurture old friendships, forge new ones, learn about a wide range of subjects, and be entertained. The lunches in the College Hall are special occasions, thanks to the combination of convivial fellowship, excellent food and splendid setting. The lectures and ensuing discussions give a fascinating insight to SFC members’ ‘hinterlands’. The 2019-20 Programme, commencing on 2 October 2019, will journey through the worlds of medical, literary and Scottish history, music, art, maritime architecture, and medical service at sea. The Programme can be viewed by current Fellows/Members of the College on their dashboard by clicking on the 'Get Involved' button. Information on terms and conditions relating to Club membership fees and lunch bookings is also provided on their dashboard.
Fellows/Members who have retired or will be retiring between October 2019 and April 2020 can join the SFC for the 2019-20 session, and request lunch places, by printing out and returning the Request Form available on their dashboard under the 'Get Involved' section.
Fellows/Members who have retired but do not wish to join the SFC at present, and those who will be retiring after April 2020, can have their names added to the Contacts List for future sessions by ticking the appropriate box on the Request Form.
A warm welcome awaits new and returning SFC members.