The Boniface Reunion
June 14, 2003
At The Historic Fishermen's Club
Organised by Chris Bareford
Chris Bareford's Invitation
original photos by Chris Bareford, merged by Andy Kerr
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Chris Bareford's Official Report!
Hi group, here is the official !!!! report of the family gathering.
I awoke at 5.30 in the morning, thinking what have I done, 130 plus people
coming to congregate in little groups not talking to one another.
Chris, also thanks to my wife Nuala for all her support.
Especially to meet Chris/Roy Bareford who put the Reunion together if I did not say it on the day a BIG thankyou to Chris.
To have it at the Fishermen's Club was also like coming home for me with family members looking down from the photos on the walls.
It was a whirlwind of a day so many interesting people to talk to all asking where do I fit into the tree & many other questions I hope I got around to everyone sorry if I did not but if they still want to ask any questions drop me an email .
In the afternoon a few of us walked coming in from the beach side to view from there where the Boniface Cottages once stood at the cliffs edge it must have been cold to have lived there in Winter.
We then went onto the Beachy Head Hotel to have a late lunch I was so full from the Fish & Chips I had eaten at the Fishermen's I only had room for dessert.
We went back in the evening to meet a couple of people who could not get to the day time but in the end the eyelids started to drop so came the end of a beautiful day one I will never forget.
Later on in my trip of UK I went back to Eastbourne & spent a couple of months with a cousin who I had never met before Diane & her husband John Adams it was the highlight of my trip we got on so well I said one day good job we do not live near each other we would be dangerous.
I have trained Di well until my return trip back to UK going into Libraries, Record Offices & Cemeteries chasing a Cockney funeral white carriage drawn by 4 shire horses down the road & attending a Gypsy Funeral which had 10 black stretched Limos in attendance.
My husband Phil was lucky enough to spend enjoyable time with them as well so much so they are coming to stay with us in Australia next year.
So if anyone says is it a good idea to have or go to a Family Reunion the answer is yes & I hope I can get to the next Boniface UK Reunion.
View Excellent Photos of Pauline's Day at the Reunion
Lynn Marchant 's Report!
Well, I've just got in and it is just after 8pm. There is actually a party tonight at the fishermens, I think it is a birthday party, but some of us have called it a day!
I have to say that Chris did a brilliant job organising everything. It was a very successful day, loads of people turned up. so many people seeing people they had known all their lives and had not realised they were related to!!
I met Pauline at last. She is great, a lot of fun. This afternoon after the Fishermens we all went to see the old cottages (or ruins of) at the bottom of Beachy Head. But I had not planned on staying around for that but basically my friend's (Christine) mum (Pam) who I told you about, her sister had taken them all to the Fishermens and then had to leave, so effectively they were stranded so I offered to take them. So I drove up there and waiting for them to walk over all the rocks etc. I was wearing heels so could not join them or I would have done (better than sitting around, although one of the sisters stayed with me and we sat in the sun eating ice creams!!). Then when they got back from there we went up to Beachy Head for dinner. When I say we it was Roy (aka Chris), Roy is my friend Christine's uncle, (Pam's brother), and he was the organiser as you know. So Roy, his wife Nuala (or Norma as she is mostly known), Pauline, Pam, Hazel, Pat and Joy oh and me of course (Pat, Roy, Pam, Hazel being brother's and sisters, and Joy is a half sister, but not related to the Bonifaces, she just happened to be staying with Pam for the weekend). Hope this all makes sense.
It was so good to actually see a great big family tree stretching across the wall so you can see how everyone is related. Also found out more about the family boats. There were two boat charters in Eastbourne, Boniface and Allchorns. The Boniface boats became charters because a fleet of 10 or 12 went somewhere (came in half way through a conversation) and only two came back, so instead of being used as fishing boats as they were previously, they were converted into tourist charter boats. All that was new to me, but you might already know this info. It was such a shame you could not get here as I know it would have been something you would have loved to attend and you would have been in your element going round talking to everyone and asking loads of questions. But it appears that everyone would love for another one, so who knows you might be able to come to the next one!! We have requested that it be in Australia though!!!
Well I guess that is my news. Roy had hoped the local paper were going to attend but we have the tennis on right now (the ladies play tennis in Eastbourne the week before they go to Wimbledon (think it is for the seeding)) so we figured all their weekend staff were covering that. But Roy did get some photos - I had popped into town to run some errands so I missed them but came back and saw the crowd. So he will no doubt send you some, it did look like a digital camera.
Ann Foord's Report
Sunday, 14th June 2003
This was the day I had eagerly been looking forward to. Weather-wise it was warm and sunny - perfect.
My two eldest daughters, Sandra and Jenny arrived at our house at 9.a.m. so that we could all travel down to Eastbourne in one car - driven by my husband, Ron. My son, Alan and his wife, Yvonne drove down separately. Unfortunately my youngest daughter, Barbara was unable to attend. We were all going to the Boniface Reunion. We arrived at the Fishermen's Club at about 11 a.m., having picked up my Sister-in-law, Sylvia on the way.
On entering the Club we were greeted by Chris Bareford. He had done a wonderful job organising everything. He had put up a Family Tree which started in the Foyer and went right along the wall into one of the main rooms. There were also labels to write our names and who we were related to, e.g. Ann Boniface, Granddaughter of "Old Tom and Elizabeth" was my label.
My two surviving brothers, Tom and George were at the bar - where else would they be!!
It became quite crowded and we drifted upstairs to the restaurant.
It was wonderful to be able to put faces to people we had been e-mailing for a long time and it was good meeting Pauline and Louise from Australia. My cousin Jean Allchorn and her husband, Colin, were over from Spain. We hadn't seen them for a few years. Also my cousins Barbara and Valerie were there. I was so thrilled to be reunited with Valerie - it was 55 years since we were last together.
On arriving home Sandra hugged me and asked if I had enjoyed the day. I said "I have had a magical day one I shall always remember".
A day is not long enough to meet everybody so hopefully we can get together again sometime. At least now I have a nice panoramic photograph of nearly everyone.
Ann Foord (nee Boniface)
Reported in the Eastbourne Herald
article courtesy of Chris Bareford
View Photographs kindly provided by Andy Kerr
View Photographs kindly provided by Keith Boniface
View Photographs kindly provided by Michele (Boniface) Tsuji
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