Dinner Dance

Everybody seemed to enjoy our Christmas Dinner Dance at the Army Golf Club. I think there was a sense of relief to be having a large social event free from assorted Covid restrictions. The only hiccup was the closure of the normal access road from Farnborough but every one arrived safely. We received lots of good comments. This one sums up the sentiments of them all : “Thank you very much indeed for another brilliant evening . It was great fun, the food was delicious and the company superb”

Here are a few photos of the event – taken by Vicky Judge and Linda Robson.

Hallowe’en quiz

Thank you to everyone who came to our Hallowe’en quiz. It was a great evening with a good mix of questions and brain teasers. Sadly my team did not do that well – but we still enjoyed it. Well done to the winning team of Mike and Caro Thornley, Jon and Mo Clackett and Ailsa Fraser. As usual we were able to make a charity donation at the end of the event, thanks to the generosity of everyone in the raffle. The winners and runners up kindly donated their prize money back so that we were able to round up our donation to Alzheimers to £100.

Dinner Dance

Thanks to everyone who came along to the Dinner Dance. We’ve had lots of complimentary comments; it certainly seemed that people were enjoying themselves. Thanks especially to Vicky Judge who took the lead in getting the bookings made. She even has a date for next year : Friday December 9th 2022. Hopefully, by then, we will be able to enjoy ourselves without the necessity for lateral flow tests etc!

Quiz night : October 17th

October 17th was our autumn quiz, with one of our biggest turn-outs yet.

Zana wrote on Facebook

“A very big thank you to Vicky Judge, Katherine Rusbridge and all their helpers for hosting another very successful quiz night.Great questions, great atmosphere, great quizzers and tasty dinner. Can’t wait until the next one.”

Thanks Zana – glad you enjoyed it.

Albany Trophy tournament 2019

27 brave souls turned out for the Albany Trophy tournament on the hottest August Bank Holiday Monday on record. The tournament is essentially an American tournament with the mixing-up of partners over six rounds. There is though a twist in the scoring system to even things up during play;straightforward really once you get your head around it, but a bit beyond me to describe clearly here.

We had joint winners in both the Ladies and Mens section : Sally Charlton and Sam Rush in the Ladies, Andrew Mundell and Pete Smith in the Mens. The runners up were Andy Cholerton and Sam Williamson. Well done to them all. Special mention for Andrew playing in his first tournament and to Andy for being a prize winner in all three of the tournaments he participated in.

Our big thanks as always to the ladies who provided the splendid tea – Debra Norton, Ann Hanson and Jill Penton. Not sure there was that much tea being drunk, it was mainly orange or lemon squash with lots of ice.

Next American tournament will be on Easter Monday 2020. In the meantime, there is Finals weekend to look forward to. The standard of play from both Seniors and Juniors is always very high. All spectators welcome!

Spring quiz night

A full house for another great evening! Many thanks to Vicky for providing such a good quiz and to all the others who helped run the evening. Special mention to Richard Leversuch who runs the bar and quietly gets on with washing up all the glasses etc, leaving very little for the rest of us to do at the end of the evening. This time, there were also two league matches being held – so over 70 people at the club between quizzers and players! Many thanks to the Mens A and Mixed D team and their visitors who were very obliging and didn’t seem to object to losing access to the main clubhouse room.

For the first time, two teams ended up on the same number of points, but Vicky was prepared for this with a tie-breaker question. Andy Cholerton and Alistair Reid were “volunteered” by their teams to go up and hear the question which was “To the nearest inch, what is the length of da Vinci’s Last Supper mural?” Well done, Andy for being nearest. Spot the photo below where we are waiting for the answer to be announced. Well done also to the Quizzical Quintet who won the prize for the best team name.

Thanks to the generosity of all who came, we will be able to make a donation to Robyn Moore when she visits us on June 1st as part of her Breakpoint fund-raising.

Farewell Sarah

The club house was packed for our coffee morning to say farewell to Sarah Duncalf who is emigrating to Australia. It was set for a Monday as there are usually about 20 people playing in the Social Mix-in. The hope was that most of them would choose to stay. They did! – and easily the same number came along too just to have the chance to give their good wishes to Sarah in person. Sarah has been a stalwart of the club for many years. If you have ever wondered who has been keeping the clubhouse looking so immaculate, it has been Sarah, for over 19 years!

Here are some of her comments from her thank you card. “What a truly wonderful send off you gave me. I was overwhelmed by the number of you who came. I felt humbled by the effort everyone put in. I had no idea so much organisation had gone into setting up the morning for me.” It just went to show how popular and well-regarded she was. And I liked her PS comment “And what a good feeling it was not having to clean up after the party!”

Our thanks to Linda Robson who did most of the organising, to those who made the lovely cakes, especially to Debra Norton for the Bon Voyage cake and to everyone who came along to make it such a special occasion for Sarah.

Sarah will be in Australia by now with her son. We wish her every happiness there.