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The Architects Benevolent Society, which had a quiet time during most of the 1990s, has contrived to hold two major events in a fortnight. The grander of the two takes place at the Banqueting House next week in the presence of Princess Margaret. It celebrates the 150th anniversary of the charity, and should raise a healthy sum, with five anniversary patrons (Bryan Montgomery, Buro Happold, Ray and Ann Moxley, the Worshipful Company of Chartered Architects and WS Atkins) leading the way.

Donations have also been received, and tables taken by a host of well-known architects, clients and other professionals.

The event, masterminded by David Rock, will comprise a Victorian soiree, with words and music by members of the Royal College of Music. Plus a lavish (one hopes) reception and dinner.

In December, there will be the usual dinner, dance and charity auction at the Dorchester (details 020 7580 2823). Astragal will enjoy them both. . .

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