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David Skinner

Having read Economics and Law at Christ's College Cambridge 1961-64, I joined the Wine Trade!


October 1964- April 1995. J T Davies and Sons Ltd, Croydon, Surrey

September 1995-2001. The Wine and Spirit Trades Benevolent Society.

Champagne Academy:

In 1966 I went on the Champagne Course. Besides visits to the 12 Grand Marque Houses, the course included a visit to Paris to experience the spectacle of the Moulin Rouge show.

In 2016, I organised a reunion attended by Alistair Robertson, Colin Brookes, Nick Raven, David Skinner, David Smyly, Paul Quellyn Roberts and Clive Walters. Christopher Leaver and John Armit were unable to attend. Geoffrey Van Hay and Roger Holroyd have passed away and Callum Murray disappeared.

In 1981 I became Chairman of the CA Old Boys after several years on the Committee. My London Banquet was held at the Intercontinental Hotel, Marble Arch. My guest speaker was the late Christopher Martin- Jenkins. Presidential House, Lanson

I assisted the late Peter Grubb, Chairman 1982, over the 25th Anniversary Celebrations. Events included a Banquet in the Mansion House and a visit to Champagne

For several years I organised an Old Boys Golf Team to Champagne. The French hosts, on the 9 hole course, included Jean-Marc Charles Heidseick, Henri Krug and Andre Rouzard with Jean Baptiste Lanson always around to host us.

Happy Memories.

David Skinner.

Chairman Year


Academy Year


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