Presidential Dinner 2015

Date: Thursday, 23 April 2015 19:00

Venue: The Warren Golf & Country Club  |  City: Woodham Walter, United Kingdom

The CSES holds a Presidential Dinner annually, giving members, guests and sponsors the opportunity to talk to one another in a convivial setting.

Venue and timing

This year we are holding our dinner at The Warren Golf & Country Club, Woodham Walter, Essex, CM9 6RW (see map below).

Their banqueting facilities are in a converted 18th century barn with plenty of space in two adjacent rooms for pre-dinner drinks.

We have kept to the start time of 7.00 for 7.30 pm dinner, which hopefully will make it easier for some members to attend.


The charge for a three-course meal will be £24.50 per person, with all drinks being purchased separately.

Ticket purchases are now closed.



Smoked Salmon Roulade with Marie Rose dressing, garnish and Granary bread

Pâté with Toast and Onion Marmalade

French Onion Soup with Cheese Crouton and Crusty Roll (V)


Main Course

Stuffed Chicken with Pancetta and Dauphinoise Potatoes

Sea Bass with Dauphinoise Potatoes and Asparagus served with a Sauce Vierge

Confit Duck Leg with Garlic Mash, Pak Choi and Cherry Jus

Vegetarian Wellington with Brie, Mushrooms and Spinach (V)



Spiced Apple Crumble served with Custard

Warm Chocolate Brownie with Vanilla Ice-Cream

Fresh Fruit Salad

Cheese Board



Dress code and seating arrangements

The dress code is Dinner Jacket, Lounge Suit or Smart Casual.

Tables are preferably of 6-8 people, and diners are invited to organise themselves into groups beforehand so they may be seated together.


Our speaker will be Nick James from BAE Systems Advanced Technology Centre, who will talk about comets.

Nick is the lead engineer for the IFMS system, a very sensitive digital radio system which is installed in European Space Agency ground stations around the world. This system is responsible for communicating with deep-space probes and measuring their range and velocity with very high precision. The IFMS supports all ESA spacecraft but was in the news last year as a crucial part of the infrastructure supporting the Rosetta probe during the landing of the Philae spacecraft on Comet 67P.

In his spare time Nick is an astronomer with a particular interest in comets and the author of a book about these mysterious objects. He will focus on what we know and what we don't know about comets, why these deep-frozen left-overs from the formation of our Solar System are of particularly interest to us and how we managed to put a spacecraft in to orbit around one of them!

Any questions?

We look forward to seeing you there! If you have any questions please contact the Secretary using the email address below.


Woodham Walter, Essex CM9 6RW
United Kingdom




All Dates

  • Thursday, 23 April 2015 19:00