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10th Nov, 2013

Our Diamond Decades Day
by Eleanor Handslip on November 10, 2013 15:48


Now less than a week to go until the big day - Saturday 16th. The team have been working hard and are excited by what they have achieved. We have a day of fun planned with live music, sparkling wine, cake, networking training, inspirational speakers and some fabulous raffle prizes in aid of Nothing But Nets. Have you seen the video?

Don't forgot your 1950s outfit!

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3rd Nov, 2013

JCI London's Diamond Decades Day
by Eleanor Handslip on November 3, 2013 18:32


The project team have been working really hard to make Saturday 16th November an amazing day. We have live music from Sarah Starr, cake, sparkling wine, networking training plus some fantastic raffle prizes in aid of Nothing But Nets (including personal coaching sessions, pampering sessions at a local salon and a t-shirt signed by Usain Bolt.)

We also have some fantastic inspirational speakers including: Sabirul Islam and Lori Shook.

Don't miss our display of items from JCI London's history.

We have just released discounted student tickets. 

Remember the day includes the AGM, so if you want to vote or stand for election you must book a ticket.

The dress code is 1950s to commemorate our formation in 1953.

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17th Oct, 2013

Your Invitation to Our Diamond Jubilee Celebration & AGM
by Eleanor Handslip on October 17, 2013 18:47


13th Oct, 2013

Diamonds Are Forever
by Eleanor Handslip on October 13, 2013 14:49


As you may have gathered by now JCI London is 60 years old this year and we are celebrating our Diamond Jubilee on Saturday 16th November. We have a dedicated team of members working hard to create a fantastic day for members past, present and future. We have networking training, inspirational speakers plus socialising over sparkling wine and cake!

On the same day we are holding our AGM so come along and get involved in the future of your Chamber.

We were created in 1953 and so the dress code is 1950s (think 'Mad Men'!)

We have a limited number of Earlybird tickets at a significantly reduced price but this offer ends on 20th October so be quick.


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8th Oct, 2013

by Eleanor Handslip on October 8, 2013 19:16


October is the month of witches, ghosts and ghouls. To get you in the mood for Halloween we have organised a special trip on London's Ghost Bus on Wednesday 30th October. Come and join the social team for a tour of London's dark side with the creepy conductor as our guide. If we survive the trip we will head for a drink and maybe swap a few spells.

We only have a limited number of tickets so book early to secure your seat.

To help you keep up-to-date with what's going on in JCI London we have created a 'Meetup' page -please join us there and let us know what you think.


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25th Jul, 2012

Book Club
by Marlies Kunnen on July 25, 2012 09:28


Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read. - Groucho Marx

And the best place for discussing books is the JCI London Book Club! We are currently reading The Corporation: The Pathological Pursuit of Profit and Power by Joel Bakan and our next meeting is on 22nd August. If you are a JCI member and would like to join the book club please contact Marlies

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24th Jun, 2012

JCI London members enjoy thrilling LSO performance
by Sarah Beckwith on June 24, 2012 20:50


Bah Bah Bah Baaah. Bah Bah Bah Baaah. The unmistakeable opening notes from Beethoven's Symphony No. 5. Apparently this represents fate knocking on the door.

We were treated to a stunning performance of the Symphony by the London Symphony Orchestra (LSO) on Thursday evening. Music can truly can move and transport you and with the passionate and lively conducting of Gianandrea Noseda, it was inevitable with this iconic piece. The whole audience obviously felt it as the round of applause at the end of the concert went on consistently for well over five minutes.

Sofie Sandell, JCI London's 2008 President commented "I loved it and got goose bumps".

And that was just the second half of the concert. The first half set a totally different mood, with the emotive sounds of Angela Denoke's soprano soaring beautifully with the 100 or so musicians on stage for stirring performances of opera pieces: Wagner's Prelude and Liebestod from Tristan and Isolde and Berg's Three Fragments from Wozzeck.

Thanks to the fantastic people at the LSO, JCI London members were able to buy tickets to the best seats in the house for just £10, less than one third of the normal price.

Look out for more exclusive offers coming during the LSO's autumn season.


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6th Mar, 2012

How about a JCI London book club?
by Alexandra Illsley on March 6, 2012 21:58


Hello all, we hope this post finds you well. 

How would you like the opportunity to get together and discuss your favourite books with other young professionals over a coffee or a drink?

One of the ideas that the social team is hoping to develop is a JCI London book club. Members could get together once a month ready to discuss the book their members have chosen. The options are quite varied - you could find one with hints about business to mull over, or recipes for cupcakes as well as popular fiction novels. The choice would be up to the members and we would do our best to accommodate all tastes. Part of the joy would be you may well get to read books that you would never have thought of reading.   

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So if you like the sound of that then please do get in touch ( letting us know which evenings would be best for you. We are also open to suggestions for book titles and venues. 

Many thanks, the Social Team

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17th Feb, 2012

Annual Dinner on the River Thames.
by Alexandra Illsley on February 17, 2012 20:38


On the 3rd of February everyone came together to celebrate the achievements of JCI London throughout 2011 under the leadership of local president Sarah Beckwith.

The masquerade themed evening began with a welcome drink and then the boat set of on its cruise down the river Thames, taking in such sights as the Houses of Parliament and Tower Bridge. 

As guests sat down to enjoy their dinner MC Ian Johnson oversaw proceedings. We had words from our international guests who had travelled to London to be here for this event, demonstrating the strong links between JCI London and its twin chambers. Sarah introduced her awards to JCI London members, recognising their achievements in 2011. Nadene Jones, President of JCI Ignite, was presented with a gift of the chain of office. Nadene and other members have worked tirelessly to establish a new JCI chamber in London. As Sarah and JCI UK 2012 National President, Solveig Malvik, presented Nadene with the gift Sarah received a surprise award of her own. As she read the inscription on the back of Nadene's chain she read her own senatorship number! A lovely moment as Solveig presented Sarah with her JCI senatorship.

After dinner entertainment was provided by after dinner speaker Ola Aralepo who was very amusing. As 2012 JCI London President Simon Bucknall pointed out no one minded the February Freeze as they enjoyed the celebration. Of course, the dinner culminated in Simon being presented with his chain of office and being inaugarated as JCI London President 2012. Simon was particularly taken with the feeling of optimism evident on the night as JCI London heads into 2012.      

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16th Jan, 2012

Fantastic After Dinner Speaker Confirmed for JCI London Annual Dinner
by Sarah Beckwith on January 16, 2012 23:03


You have just a few days left to sign up to the highlight of the JCI London social calendar - our annual dinner on 3 February.

Golden Jubilee BoatA night of fabulous food, company and entertainment aboard the Golden Jubilee Boat.  As well as the usual evening's festivities of the Presidential Inauguration, JCI London Awards and speeches by three JCI Presidents, we now have a brilliant after dinner speaker confirmed - see Ola Aralepo's biography below.  All this followed by dancing the night away in a nearby club!

Tickets are selling fast at just £65 for a welcome drink, three course meal, half a bottle of wine and the evening's entertainment aboard the Golden Jubilee.  Don't miss out - sign up now at


Speaker's Bio

Blog » Social » Ola.jpgA shy and self-conscious sort just five short years ago, Ola Aralepo has emerged as one of the most exciting young entertaining speakers in the UK.

In Glasgow last autumn, he 'out-humoured' hundreds of fellow speakers to be crowned UK & Ireland Champion of Humorous Speaking by Toastmasters International.

A public speaking coach and trainer by day - stand-up comedian by night - Ola tries to make sense of the human condition in a spirit of love and irreverence. As we go to press, he is a Quarter-Finalist for the Laughing Horse 'New Act Of The Year', a prestigious competition which has yielded the likes of Rod Gilbert and Jack Whitehall.

Meanwhile, at weekends, Ola is a transport worker - where he simply tells people where to go.





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