Program

DAY 1 – Friday, 10 November 2017
SOBANS MEET AND GREET

3.00pm-6.30pm:

3.00pm – Arrivals, check-in, use of venue amenities
7.30pm – Light buffet/dinner (On reservations only)

DAY 2 – Saturday, 11 November 2017
GALA NIGHT

10.00am-6.30pm: 

10.00am – 2.30pm: Arrivals, use of venue amenities
11:00am – 4:00pm AGM (Sobans only)
3:00pm – Hotel check-in open, Afternoon buffet
3.30pm – Keynote speakers on building stronger communities

6.00pm-4.30am: Gala Night
6:00pm – 7:00 pm Registration + Welcome drinks + photos
7.00pm – Gala Night program, Awards, Raffle Draw
8.00pm – 3 course meal (see menus)
10.00pm – Dance till 4.30am

DAY 3 – Sunday, 12 November 2017
BREAKFAST AND AFTERNOON TEA

(For residential guests only)
8.00am-10.30am: Breakfast and Use of Venue Amenities
Up to 12.00pm: Checking out
12.00pm-4.00pm: Afternoon Buffet, networking and close

Venue

DUNCHURCH PARK HOTEL

Rugby Rd, Dunchurch CV22 6QW

This exclusive hotel is the home of SOBA:UK’s 2017 Residential Convention

Overview

  • Easy reach, about 10 minutes from the M1 and M6 and 1 miles from the M45
  • 2 miles from the town centre
  • Mini golf & tennis court (please book with reception before hand)
  • Restaurant and Bar
  • Outdoor, landscaped gardens and a permanent marquee
  • Most rooms are located a short walk from main hotel in custom built wings and renovated stables
  • Free Wi-Fi to high speed internet (arranged by SOBA:UK)
  • Car park charges apply – Guests of SOBA:UK enjoy a free parking on convention day
  • Closest Landmarks: Watford Gap Services M1 7.1 miles, Midland Air Museum 8.7 miles, FarGo Village 10.1 miles, Belgrade Theatre 10.2 miles
  • Nearby attractions: Draycote Water (Lake) 2.5 miles, Coton Manor Gardens 11.4 miles, , Ricoh Arena 11.8 miles, Royal Leamington Spa College 11.8 miles, University of Warwick 12.2 miles

Directions

From the North: Exit the M1 at junction 20, or the M6 at junction 1. Head for Rugby and then follow the signs for Banbury (A426), Dunchurch is 2 miles from the town centre. Dunchurch Park is 500 yards on the left after entering the village.

From London: Exit motorway at junction 17 to join the M45 motorway. At the end of the M45 take the B4429 towards Dunchurch. At the traffic lights in Dunchurch turn left onto the A426. Dunchurch Park is 500 yards on the right.

Helicopter Landing Information
You are welcome to fly to Dunchurch Park in your helicopter. Please contact reception in advance so we are able to make the appropriate arrangements prior to arrival. For your reference our helicopter landing co-ordinates are:  Longitude: -1.283639 Latitude: 52.338329.

Sat Nav: CV22 6QW

Nearest airports: Birmingham airport – 20.6miles, East Midlands (Derby) – 34.2miles, Luton Airport 49.7miles
Nearest railway station: Rugby – 3miles

Meal Menu

The Executive Head Chef, Yousry Mohamed Hassan
“Myself and the Culinary Team look forward to welcoming you all for your forthcoming event” 

Chef Yousry Mohamed Hassan has had a wealth of experience within the hospitality industry over the past 20 years having worked at Ghazela Gardens, The Military Forces, Grand Resort Sharm, The Hyatt Regency & more recently at Dunchurch Park Hotel.

STANDARD MENU

Starter

(S1A)
Spicy Pumpkin Soup with Green Chilli Swirl

Main Course

(S2A)
Dunchurch Park Chicken Scarpariello with Sweet Peppers and Herbs in Light White Wine Sauce, accompanied with Hasselback Potatoes and Seasonal Vegetables OR

(S2B)
Goats Cheese and Roasted Pepper Strudel, with Wilted Greens and Provencal Sauce (V)

Dessert

(S3A)
Pear & Almond Frangipane with Raspberry Coulis.

VIP MENU

Starter

(G1A)
Spicy Pumpkin Soup with Green Chilli Swirl

Main Course

(G2A)
Dunchurch Park Chicken Scarpariello with Sweet Peppers and Herbs in Light White Wine Sauce, accompanied with Hasselback Potatoes and Seasonal Vegetables OR

(G2B)
Goats Cheese and Roasted Pepper Strudel, with Wilted Greens and Provencal Sauce (V)

Dessert

(G3A)
Pear & Almond Frangipane with Raspberry Coulis, Cheese Course or 4 Canapes, Tea & Coffee, Petit Fours.

Please let us know your menu choices

  • Please select either Bronze, Silver or Gold menu items depending on your type of ticket. For example, if your ticket is Bronze then you should only select Bronze menu items (starting with 'B') for your starter, main and dessert.
    Please note that if you send us the wrong menu items, the Chef will serve you with the default menu for your ticket type on the night.
 

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Tickets

Standard ticket price £65

  • Access to Gala Night and all night dance
  • Tables with wine, fruit juice, water
  • Saturday afternoon buffet
  • 3 course meal at gala – Bronze menu
  • Sunday midday Buffet, if staying at hotel
  • Buy before 11th October 2017 for Early Bird discount

EXEC VIP Ticket Price £125

  • Access to Gala Night and all night dance
  • Tables with wine, fruit juice, water
  • Cognac and Champagne on tables
  • Saturday afternoon buffet
  • 3 course meal at gala – VIP menu
  • Sunday midday Buffet, if staying at hotel
  • Buy before 11th October 2017 for Early Bird discount

Accommodation

This is an exclusive hotel.
All rooms are deluxe double rooms with family rooms available.
Hotel rooms are discounted and purchased from SOBA:UK

Hotel rooms are limited and will be sold on a “first come first serve” basis.
Book your room before 11th October 2017 to ensure availability

Standard Room Prices: 
Single occupancy at hotel’s special rate
Double occupancy at hotel’s special rate

Superior Room Prices:
Single occupancy at hotel’s special rate
Double occupancy at hotel’s special rate
Family Occupancy at hotel’s special rate (2 adults + 2 kids under 16yo)

Discounts:
Room prices are already discounted. Purchase before 11th October 2017 to assure availabilty. 

Gala Tickets

Gala tickets are sold separately from accommodation.
As shown above there are three categories;

  • Standard tickets get the Standard Meal Menu
  • VIP tickets get the VIP Meal Menu

Children are not permitted at the Gala night.

Booking Tickets

Buy Online:
Book Gala tickets, Hotel Rooms and Raffle tickets online

For direct bank transfer:
Call +447956 311 637 or +44 7880 920 593, +447984 655 786

Discounts:
Book your tickets by 11th October 2017 and get;

  • £5 discount per ticket
  • There is also a £10 discount if you purchase a table of 10 people.

A group of 10 people can save up to £60.

Tickets prices will increase after 11th October 2017, subject to availability.

HURRY UP! DISCOUNT ENDS ON 11TH OCTOBER 2017

Raffle Draw

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SOBA:UK brings you excellent raffle prizes this year with the top prize being an brand new HD television.

You can buy your raffle tickets online and we will post your lucky numbers to you.

 

Dance till 4.30am

The acclaimed deejay Eko is on the deck for another stellar dance night performance.

Our resident deejay brings you the best of popular African and Western music, which guarantees you an enjoyable all night dance till 4.30am!

Our Sponsors

About SOBA:UK’s Brand Sponsorship

The SOBA:UK Annual Residential Convention is a prime event that is organised in some of the UK’s premier venues.

The attendance to these events has increased steadily year on year and in 2016 covers a broad spectrum of community organisations, young professionals, business people and prominent leaders in the UK Cameroonian community. This provides the perfect background for corporate sponsors to promote their businesses and organisations.

We help promote your business through giving you visibility at the event as well as presenting your business image, links and logo through online media and printed material. On the event day you can have a stand, be represented as an executive VIP guest and be given the honour of presenting our Recognition Awards to winning members of the community.

Below are the offerings for 2017:

 

What You Get Silver Gold Platinum
Logo on banner Yes Yes Yes
Logo on website Yes Yes Yes
Social Media Yes Yes Yes
Stand at event No Yes Yes
VIP Guest x 2 Yes No No
VIP Guest x 4 No Yes No
Executive VIP Guest x 5 No No Yes
Gala Night Intro Yes Yes Yes
Awards Honours No Yes Yes
Platforms at Gala No No Yes
1 Year’s Partnership No No Yes
For Sponsorship deals please contact on soba@sobaintheuk.org or call +447956311637

Who We Are

Our History

SOBA:UK (which stands for SASSE OLD BOYS ASSOCIATION, UNITED KINGDOM) is an alumni association in the UK whose members are ex-students of St Joseph’s College, Sasse located in Buea, Cameroon. The college was established in 1939 and it is a premier educational establishment in Western Cameroon. The college is a fee paying Catholic boarding school and is renowned for producing high calibre students many of whom have progressed to high positions in industry, renowned professions and in government, including the position of a former Prime Minister of Cameroon and Head of Government being an ex-student of Sasse College.

The college is located high above the Atlantic Ocean and near the foot of Buea Mountain from which its famous school anthem was derived.

In the UK, the association is dedicated to the furtherance of the social, economic and welfare development of its members and has set out five shared values.

 

Our Approach

Our values culminate in building and strengthening the SOBA:UK brand, which enables the association to build a stronger community in the UK.

SOBA:UK achieves her goals of establishing and delivering projects through task groups comprising of over 25 core project members and executives. Successful projects have been set up and delivered such as with the brand design project and development of a branded and dedicated email infrastructure for all members, with capability to outsource a dedicated email system to other associations. These projects have specifically used expertise available from our highly skilled membership cohort as appropriate.

Other projects are ongoing, such as hosting networking events and conventions, sponsoring projects overseas, publishing related research and news through our SOBA:UK branded Newsfeed, exploring the symbiotic relationships in the diaspora with SOBA America and SOBA Germany, as well as other Alumni and Cameroonian groups in the UK.

Since 2015 and beyond, the association continues to focus on it’s members and looks to implement tangible benefit systems for members though creating a medium where members can fully exploits the synergies that such an association can bring. These will be centered on specific problems our members face such as overseas bereavement costs, migration issues and welfare in the UK.

SOBA:UK prides itself of having proper governance, strong management structure and transparent financial accountability. Full and detailed accounts of all its activities are published to members regularly, and financial accountability is at the heart of everything that the association does like no other.

SOBA:UK has a constitution with bye-laws that govern how we operates in the UK and all our executive members are subject to appointment by the ballot box as prescribed in the SOBA:UK constitution, whilst having regards to all the UK regulatory rules governing Associations, Clubs and Charities.

 

Our Values

Setting High Standards

The association has a vision to set high standards in all its activities and develop the brand for the benefit of its members.

Professional Excellence & Talent Development

SOBA:UK is a diverse and inclusive organisation that uses its position to build opportunities for its professionals.

Earn More Income

As a community group, SOBA:UK should exist within a business model that is sustainable, transparent and inclusive in ways that are responsive to members. Brand value and it’s development is a key part of the success and drive to earn more income through commercial ventures.

Community Collaboration

SOBA:UK views itself as a leading association in the UK and intends to collaborate with other community groups in partnership, share its experience and provide the platform and infrastructure, where possible, for other groups to grow for the greater good of the community at large.

Support to the Alma Mater

SOBA:UK has a mission to support the education, health and infrastructural development of Sasse College through engagement with the proprietors and with accountability to its members and stakeholders.

Team Members

The Sasse College Anthem

Verse 1

Near the Buea mountain
High above the sea,
Stands St. Joseph’s college a place for you and me
‘Tis here that we learn Biology’
And Geometry and chemistry
In Sasse by the mountain
O Sasse by the sea

Verse 2

Time will come for roll call
Time for us to start
Early in the morning, with strong and happy hearts
I still feel the fragrance of the air
The gardens fair and evening prayers
In Sasse by the mountain
O Sasse by the sea

Verse 3

Marching into study
Going down to dine
Resting in our billets when bugle’s gone at
nine
We always remember Saturday nights
The Sunday white and Monday fights
In Sasse by the mountain
O Sasse by the sea

Recognition Awards

Sports Personality Award

This could be an established professional or young up and coming talent who is making assuring strides in their chosen discipline.

Best Artist Award

This could be individuals in fine art, music, film, fashion, theatre, author, blogger who is deserving of an award.

Humanitarian / Good Deeds Award

An individual or group whose philanthropy or humanitarian work has had impact on you or the wider community

Community Builder Award

This could be an individual, alumni group, social or cultural group that you feel has had beneficial impact to the community.

Professional Role Model Award

This could be a doctor, nurse, teacher, accountant, lawyer, actuary, IT professional etc who has shown exemplary professional achievement.

Business Role Model Award

This could be the owner of a business e.g restaurant, shipping, IT, online, financial, retail etc who has shown exemplary achievement.

Nominate

Your Name:

Your Email:

Make a Nomination

Sports Personality Award:

Best Artist Award:

Humanitarian / Good Deeds Award:

Community Builder Award:

Professional Role Model Award:

Business Role Model Awards:

Contact Us

Email: soba@sobaintheuk.org
Tel: +447956311637
Tel: +447912607504
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twitter: @sobaintheuk