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PROGRAM

We celebrate the many organisations that build stronger communities and support our people in the diaspora.

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 night
6.00pm – 7.00pm: Welcome drinks and official photos
7.00pm – 8.30pm: 3 course meal (Standard, Silver and Gold)
8.30pm – 11.00pm: Gala night program, Community Awards, Raffle Draw
11.00pm – Dance, Dance, Dance to 4.30am

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 night
6.00pm – 7.00pm: Welcome drinks and official photos
7.00pm – 8.30pm: 3 course meal (Standard, Silver and Gold)
8.30pm – 11.00pm: Gala night program, Community Awards, Raffle Draw
11.00pm – Dance, Dance, Dance to 4.30am

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 to all our guests (350) who attended last year!
Please Contact Us to get your loyalty discount.

Venue

THE HINCKLEY ISLAND HOTEL,

LEICESTERSHIRE

L10 3JA

WATLING STREET, HINCKLEY

OVERVIEW:

LOCATED WITHIN EASY REACH OF THE M6, M69 & M1 MOTORWAYS, THIS CONTEMPORARY FOUR-STAR HOTEL PROVIDES A PERFECT BASE FOR EXPLORING CENTRAL ENGLAND

  • 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
  • Parking: 600 spaces

The exclusive 4 Star Hotel is the home of the SOBA:UK Annual Residential Convention in 2015

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 300 metres on the 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 300 metres on the 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

We need a section for the chef’s picture and a brief comment about him.

The Executive Head Chef is Rajeev Kumar

Raj has a wealth of experience loves nothing more than focusing on quality ingredients and bringing dishes to life using his experience from travelling around the world. Raj 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 further enhanced this by working in USA with Royal Carribean International

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 Kumar - Exec Head Chef

Standard Guest Menu

Starter:
Roasted tomato & red pepper soup with basil oil
Main Course:

  1. Roasted chicken breast, root vegetables dauphinoise potato, seasonal greens and wholegrain mustard sauce or
  2. >Roasted root vegetable & mixed bean hot pot topped with flaky pastry served with creamy leek mash and seasonal vegetables (v)

Dessert:
Chocolate & fudge brulee, shortbread biscuit and Tea /coffee/mints

VIP Guest Silver Menu

Starter:

  1. Ham hock and leek terrine with charred sour dough, homemade piccalilli, dressed watercress and chorizo syrup or
  2. Carpaccio of beetroot, goats curd , walnut and honey dressing and parsley oil

Roasted tomato & red pepper soup with basil oil
Main Course:

  1. Vanilla and honey infused rump of English lamb, garlic and parmesan mash Caramelised carrots and rosemary jus
  2. Wild mushroom and cream cheese roulade crushed parsley potatoes and tarragon cream (v)

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

Executive VIP Guest Gold Menu

Starter:

  1. Oak grilled smoked salmon horseradish crème fraihe, cucumber and fennel carpaccio

or

  1. Heir loom tomatoes, nut free pesto ,pulled buffalo mozerella and fresh thai basil parmesan crisp

Main Course:

  1. Charred sirloin steak, lemon fondant, root vegetable and port reduction

or

  1. Tarte fine with artichoke, sun blushed tomato, roasted sweet pepper, wild roquette salad and salsa Verde

Dessert:
Vanilla and raspberry brulee with lemon short bread and frosted berries and Tea/coffee/mints.

Music

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 to 4.30am

Tickets

Ticket Information

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 – Standard menu
  • Sunday midday Buffet if staying hotel

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 – Standard menu
  • Sunday midday Buffet if staying hotel

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 – Standard menu
  • Sunday midday Buffet if staying hotel

Accommodation

The hotel is rated 4 star. All rooms are deluxe double rooms with family room available
Hotel rooms are discounted and purchased from SOBA:UK
Book your room as soon as possible

Prices

Single occupancy at £70
Double occupancy at £80

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 child will be charged £10

Children are not permitted at the gala.

Raffle DrawSOBA: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.

Executive VIP Price £120

BOOKING TICKETS

How it works: Standard tickets at £60 give access to tables with bottles of wine, fruit juices and water.

VIP tickets at £100 give access to special tables with all the above plus complimentary champagne and cognac.

A three course meal will be served on all tables between 07:00pm and 08:00pm as specified.

The gala night from 08:00pm features the magical Deejay Eko, our Recognition awards, raffle and dance!

OUR SPONSORS

The SOBA:UK Annual Residential Convention is an event of high quality that has been organised in one of the UK’s premier venues in Leicestershire. Our guest attendance covers the broad spectrum of community organisations and a core group of individuals from 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 to give recognition awards to members of the community.

Below are the offerings for 2015:

what we 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 Years Partnership No No Yes

For Sponsorship deals please contact SOBA:UK on Soba@sobaintheuk.org or tel: +447956311637

Who Are We

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 caliber students many of whom have progressed to high positions in industry, renowned professions and in government, including the position of 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 SOBA:UK branded Newsfeed, exploring the symbiotic relationship 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 its 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 she 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 environment governing Associations, Clubs and Charities.

Our Values

Setting High Standards 100%

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 100%

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

Earn income 100%

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 development is a key part of the success and drive to earn more income through commercial ventures.

Community Collaboration 100%

SOBA:UK views itself as a leading association in the UK and intends to collaboration 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 Mata 100%

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

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 see.

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

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

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