A long time ago Rodger Wheeler suggested that as the 2004 Valentines Day fell on a Saturday the Gentlemen of the Club put on a special dinner for the Ladies of the Club. I wouldn’t have believed it was possible to do what was achieved. Rodger was the mastermind behind the idea and the planning.
Prior to the event a great deal of work was done by Rodger and Nigel Knowles, including making 5 large tables that will be very useful for future events.
Rodger made sure that the ladies knew nothing of the details, and the gentlemen knew little either. Rodger couldn’t attend the January committee meeting but left a 2 page list of actions required for the dinner!! The enormity of it all didn’t really become apparent until the day.
The club house was lavishly decorated with heart themes. The new tables were laid up with the places settings loaned by members and there was the small matter of preparing and cooking the food for 42 guests.
Peter Carpenter prepared the potatoes hidden away in the bar while Mike Baker and Keith Hatton were in the kitchen preparing and cooking the rest of the main course. Many other gentlemen were involved with other tasks.
Nothing was pre-prepared or microwaved and only fresh vegetables were used. It is amazing that all the food was