Almost 12 months to the day since our last event, the Foundation and Biddlecombe Society hosted its annual Bellarine Peninsula Luncheon at the Barwon Heads Golf Club on Thursday 11 March. Much has changed in that time and as Charlie Sutherland, Chairman of the Biddlecombe Society, pointed out, it was heart-warming to see such a wonderful gathering after the restrictive year everyone had experienced in 2020.

Along with an excellent address from the Chair of the Foundation, Penny McBain, it was also the first time those present have been able to hear from a scholarship recipient, Sunny Handy (M’20, Hartley Mitchell Scholarship recipient) together with Hartley Mitchell, former staff member and Manifold House master. Between them, Sunny and Hartley were able to give a fantastic firsthand account of the impacts of the scholarship – one giving, the other receiving – and the gratitude that came from that experience for both of them.

These occasions are always an opportunity for likeminded people to come together and catch up; the atmosphere was extremely positive and, as always, old friendships were rekindled and new friendships forged.