For many entomologists The Rembrandt Hotel in South Kensington and the first Wednesday of March means only one thing – the Verrall Supper. I report on the activities of the Verrall Association annually and if you click on this link you will be able to work your way back through previous reports to my very first attempt. This will, once again, be largely a photographic record. This year the first Wednesday of March was the 6th but despite the date of the Supper always being the first Wednesday in March it still seemed to have caught a few Verrallers by surprise. Consequently numbers were slightly down compared with last year’s, although the number of non-attending Verrallers paying to retain their membership was at an all-time high. One notable absence, due to a slipped disc, was Richard Lane, the newly elected Treasurer of the Entomological Club, under whose auspices, the Verrall Association is privileged to run.
More positively we were slightly up on female entomologist this year, 36 % compared with last year’s 32%. There is still much progress to be made, but we have seen a year on year increase now for the last four years so, perhaps one day we will hit that magic 50:50 mark.
I performed a humanist blessing, which seemed to meet with satisfaction from all sides, and unbeknownst to me was caught on video by one of the Verrallers I reproduce it here if anyone feels like using it at a similar occasion.
As we come together at this special time, let us pause a moment to appreciate the opportunity for good company and to thank all those past and present whose efforts have made this event possible. As we go through life, the most important thing that we can collect is good memories. Thank you for all being here today to share this meal as a treasured part of this collection.
And now as the old cliché goes, let the pictures tell the story.
Clive Farrell doing his usual stint on the Registration Desk. Something seems to be puzzling him?
Max Barclay presenting Professor Helmut van Emden with a copy of the latest Royal Entomological Society Handbook, Beetle Larvae. Van’s father was a Coleopterist who started this book more than fifty years ago, hence the presentation.
Pre-Supper drinks – and some evidence that not all Verrallers are gray, male and balding, although many are 🙂
The Wyebugs Team – Mike Copland and Sue Stickels – Ray Cannon in the background talking with Keith Walters and Roger Booth
And here they are revealed!
People with drinks including the President of the Royal Entomological Society Chris Thomas, doing some arm-waving, and the rather too-long queue for the bar. There was supposed to be another bar but there was an electrical fault.
The next set of photographs are what I describe as ‘Ento Bling’. When it comes to “smart casual”, which is the dress code for the Verrall Supper, I feel that in most cases, it is easier for female entomologists to show their dedication to insects than the male of the species, alternatively, perhaps males are just less imaginative and go for the easy tie option 🙂
The food, as usual, was excellent and most tables seemed to have a healthy mix of entomologists of different age classes and sex.
You try your best but bald heads keep appearing 🙂
And finally, I wonder who this was? 🙂 I’ll give you a clue – she is a Dipterist!
Many thanks to all who attended and I hope to see you all again next year plus many new faces.