Drinks Reception for Potential and Existing Members

From the announcement in the Summer newsletter :

Come and join us for an early evening drinks reception at one of the Pall Mall clubs for both potential and existing members of the Anglo-Netherlands Society. A private room has been reserved at the Club where drinks and some nibbles will be served. The evening will entail a brief welcome by a club member, who will share a few words about the historic building, before handing over to Patty Zandstra, Counsellor for EU Affairs at the Netherlands embassy in London, who will give a short presentation titled “Perspectives on Europe”. Subsequently, there will be time for stimulating discussions, to meet new people or catch up with old friends.

The beautiful Grade II listed building on Pall Mall was designed by Robert Smirke for the Oxford and Cambridge University Club and later incorporated its neighbouring premises where Princess Marie-Louise used to live. The drinks reception will be held in one of her drawing rooms.

This evening we would particularly like to welcome potential members to the Anglo-Netherlands Society and provide them with a taster of what the Anglo-Netherlands Society has to offer. As such we encourage members to bring along guests. Places are limited and a fair share of the available tickets will be reserved for this purpose. Applications can be made via the form inserted or via an email

On Friday 27 September from 6pm at the Oxford and Cambridge, one of the Pall Mall clubs, open to members and guests, by invitation, pre-registration and payment required.

From the report in the Autumn newsletter :

The drinks reception took place in the Princess Marie Louise Room at the Oxford & Cambridge Club. The evening was hosted by Adrienne Monteath – van Dok, a member of our events committee, who welcomed some 60 guests – a number of whom were attending an ANS event for the first time. She introduced the evening with a short background to the historic Grade II listed building which was designed especially for the Oxford and Cambridge University Club by Sir Robert Smirke, who is best known for designing the British Museum. Opened to members in 1838, the club’s facade is an important example of the Greek revival style with which Smirke was closely associated.

Adrienne explained that in 1952 the Club extended its premises by buying the lease on the neighbouring property from the crown estate. The house had been home for many years to Marie Louise of Schleswig-Holstein (granddaughter of Queen Victoria) and her sister; and in recognition of this famous occupant the club decided to name one of its reception rooms after her. For many years that side of the building was for the lady associates, who were finally accepted as full members in 1997.

The ANS was delighted that Patty Zandstra, Counsellor for EU Affairs at the Netherlands Embassy in London, was able to give an insightful speech on “Perspectives on Europe”. At the end of another particularly long week in British politics she delivered some interesting insights into how the Netherlands and the UK have been historically connected – both the good and the bad!

Turning her attention to the future, she quoted King Willem-Alexander’s address to the joint houses of parliament during his State visit in October 2018: “The Kingdom of the Netherlands will continue seeking to work together with you in every possible way, as a neighbour, as a partner, as a friend.”

Before those present continued with their discussions and drinks, meeting old friends and new ones, the Chairman thanked Adrienne for her hospitality and Patty for her words, offering the latter a book which provides another example of the close relationship between our respective countries. A book which describes how Wellington was helped at Waterloo by a Dutch contingent, led by the Prince of Orange and strategically placed in woods surrounding the battlefield.