So last night was the annual LapSoc Geology Ball – LapSoc being the Geological Student Society at uni, of which I was part of the committee until a short time ago.
The LapSoc Ball is the biggest event of the Geologists calendar, a night for everyone from all years to get together and mingle, whether you’re single hons, joint hons, palaeo, natural scientists, or housemates of any of these. Post grads, post docs and teaching staff tend to come along too, making for a great atmosphere with plenty of banter. This year, the ex Head of School, Paul Smith, came along, as his final social with us.
Last nights Ball was held at the Tally Ho, near Edgbaston Cricket Ground. It is actually the function suite of the West Midlands Police training academy! We managed to secure this only a few weeks ago, so the rest of the committee had pulled out all the stops to host this ball – I can’t take credit for anything other than finding & securing the venue, as I had left the committee soon after this.
The decorations were simple but effective, the tables were dressed beautifully, enough tickets had been sold to allow for a large number of tables, thus filling out the room. Peasy Photos, who were at the ball last year, were back again, and there was another camera that put photos directly onto a big screen at the front. Entertainment was in the form of a live acoustic performer, Sam Tilley, and then later another guy came on and was singing (no one caught his name!). There as also a DJ, geologically themed cocktails at the bar, dinosaurs in the toilets, and Dimorphodon glider flying dinosaur kits on each table! Such little kids. Each person also had a sweet filled goody bag.
The three course meal was somewhat uh-maz-ing. I had stilton & broccoli soup starter; lamb shank with veg main and a white chocolate and raspberry torte pud. The torte was divine. Once again, kudos to the committee for everything!
I was really surprised at how many people turned out – at last years Ball, we thought we’d done well with 80. This year there was about 130 people! And then a few people turned up after the meal to join us for drinks & dancing. Many pictures were taken, many drinks were consumed. The awards ceremony was a first, and was highly entertaining! Definitely hope they carry on as a LapSoc Ball tradition!
It was a good chance for me to see people who I hadn’t seen in a while – I’ve not been at uni for the past couple of weeks – and I got to say goodbye to those who mattered. It was good fun, I enjoyed it, but my thoughts were somewhere else most of the night. I left quite early, I just couldn’t face being there any longer pretending I was fine. So thankyou if you gave me a squodge last night, I’ll probably come out with you all after exams, and I’ll see you all next year!!