Program

DAY 1 – Saturday, 10 October 2015
MEET, GREET, PARTY

10.00am-2.30pm: Arrivals, use of venue amenities
2.30pm-4.30pm: Meet, greet, Network
3.00pm – Afternoon buffet
3.30pm – Keynote speakers on building stronger communities
6.00pm-4.30am: Gala Night6.00pm – Welcome drinks and official photos
7.00pm – 3 course meal (Bronze, Silver and Gold Menu)
8.00pm – Gala Night program, Awards, Raffle Draw
10.00pm – Dance, Dance, Dance till 4.30am

DAY 2 – Sunday, 11 October 2015
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

Dear guests, please be assured that this year’s gala finishes at 04.30am as agreed in contract with the Hinckley Island management.
We have also given a £5 loyalty discount for all our guests (350) who attended last year!
Please contact us to get your loyalty discount.

Venue

THE HINCKLEY ISLAND HOTEL, LEICESTERSHIRE

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Watling Street, Hinckley, Leicestershire, LE10 3JA

This exclusive 4 Star Hotel is the home of SOBA:UK Residential Convention in 2015.

Overview

  • Easy reach of M6, M69, M1 & A5
  • Health club with swimming pool
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Free car park – 600 spaces
  • Close to Twycross Zoo
  • Restaurant and Bar

Directions

From the North & East: Take Junction 21 of the M1 onto the M69. Exit at the second junction which is junction 1, signposted Hinckley/Milton Keynes A5. Turn left at the slip road onto the A5 and you will find the hotel 300m left.

From the West: Take junction 2 of the M6 and follow signs to the M69 North. Leave at the first junction which is Junction 1 signposted Hinckley/Milton Keynes A5. At the bottom of the slip road, take the fourth exit onto the A5 to Milton Keynes and you will find the hotel 300m left.

Sat Nav: LE10 3JA

Nearest airport: Birmingham – 23.6 miles
Nearest train station: Hinckley – 2.1 miles, Nuneaton – 5 miles
Nearest bus stop: Hinckley town centre (via Arriva)

Meal Menu

Rajeev-Kum

The Executive Head Chef Rajeev Kumar
“I look forward to providing an excellent meal to all our guests at the SOBA:UK event to compliment the great choices that have been made”

Rajeev has a wealth of experience and loves nothing more than focusing on quality ingredients and bringing dishes to live using his experience from travelling around the world.

Rajeev studied Hotel Management & Catering at Mumbai University and started his career in Udaipur area in India and quickly found a niche in international cuisine and fine dining, and has further enhanced this by working in USA with Royal Caribbean International and for premier venues in the UK.

BRONZE MENU

STARTER

(B1A)
Roasted tomato & red pepper soup with basil oil

MAIN COURSE

(B2A)
Roasted chicken breast, root vegetables dauphinoise potato, seasonal greens and wholegrain mustard sauce OR

(B2B)
Roasted root vegetable & mixed bean hot pot topped with flaky pastry served with creamy leek mash and seasonal vegetables

DESSERT

(B3A)
Chocolate & fudge brulee, shortbread biscuit and Tea /coffee/mints

SILVER MENU

Starter

(S1A)
Ham hock and leek terrine with charred sour dough, homemade piccalilli, dressed watercress and chorizo syrup OR

(S1B)
Carpaccio of beetroot, goats curd, walnut and honey dressing and parsley oil Roasted tomato & red pepper soup with basil oil

Main Course

(S2A)
Vanilla and honey infused rump of English lamb, garlic and parmesan mash Caramelised carrots and rosemary jus OR

(S2B)
Wild mushroom and cream cheese roulade crushed parsley potatoes and tarragon cream

Dessert

(S3A)
Double glazed citrus tart honey comb ice cream and dark chocolate soil Mango and mint dressing and Tea /coffee/mints.

GOLD MENU

Starter

(G1A)
Oak grilled smoked salmon horseradish crème fraihe, cucumber and fennel carpaccio OR

(G1B)
Heir loom tomatoes, nut free pesto, pulled buffalo mozerella and fresh thai basil parmesan crisp

Main Course

(G2A)
Charred sirloin steak, lemon fondant, root vegetable and port reduction OR

(G2B)
Tarte fine with artichoke, sun blushed tomato, roasted sweet pepper, wild roquette salad and salsa Verde

Dessert

(G3A)
Vanilla and raspberry brulee with lemon short bread and frosted berries and Tea/coffee/mints.

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.
    Please note that if you send us the wrong menu items the Chef will serve you with the default menu for each ticket on the night.
 

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Tickets

Standard ticket price £60

  • 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 hotel

VIP Ticket Price £100

  • 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 – Silver menu
  • Sunday midday Buffet if staying hotel
  • Extra table décor

Executive VIP Price £120 (Limited to 20)

  • Access to Gala Night and all night dance
  • Tables with wine, fruit juice, water
  • Cognac and Champagne on tables
  • Extra Champagne and wine
  • Saturday afternoon buffet
  • 3 course meal at gala – Gold menu
  • Sunday midday Buffet if staying hotel
  • Extra table décor

Accommodation

This hotel is rated 4 star.
All rooms are deluxe double rooms with family rooms available.
Hotel rooms are discounted and purchased from SOBA:UK

Book your room before 12 September 2015 to ensure availability

Room Prices: 
Single occupancy at £70
Double occupancy at £80
Family Occupancy at £90 (3 adults)

Family room holds maximum of 4 people with;

  • £10 additional for each person over age of 5 years
  • Small children under 5 are complementary up to a maximum of 2 
  • Additional small children will be charged £10 each.

Gala Tickets

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

  • Standard tickets get the Bronze Meal Menu
  • VIP tickets get the Silver Meal Menu
  • Executive VIP tickets get the Gold 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 12 September 2015 and get;

  • Loyalty discount of £5, only available from direct purchase if you attended last year
  • 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 12 September, 2015 subject to availability.

HURRY UP! EARLY BIRD ENDS IN:

Ticket sales for this event is now closed. Please call the numbers below if any enquiries.

tv-picRaffle Draw

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.

Music

IMG-20150716-WA0001The 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

SOBA:UK 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 2015 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 representing yours business image, links and logo through online media and printed materials. 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 2015:

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 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.

In 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