Over the last few years the annual dinner has been held in the clubhouse and has
proved very popular so it was a little disappointing that attendance at this years
dinner was down a bit at thirty-nine. Nigel had a family commitment so our Vice Commodore
Graham Thompson stepped in to host the evening despite being in the early stages
of a really nasty cold.
Diana Carpenter had chosen a blue and silver theme for the tables which was also
used for the raffle prizes. For the first time the clubhouse sported a very fetching
Xmas tree as part of the decorations and together with the effect lighting and candles
the whole place looked really welcoming.
The dinner itself was a choice from three starters (tomato & basil soup or avocado,
mango & smoked chicken salad or Ardennes pate with plum chutney), three main courses
(breast of chicken filled with brie & cranberry wrapped in smoked bacon and served
with mushroom sauce or lamb shank with red wine & rosemary gravy or roast vegetable
stroganoff) and three deserts (lemon tart with red fruit coulis or vanilla crème
brulee or white chocolate & raspberry roulade) followed by a cheese course and coffee
with mints. Pre dinner drinks were served from the bar by Peter and Rodger.
Place cards with names and personal menu choices were already on the tables, which
this year were reduced to four, reflecting the lower numbers. Wine was included with
the meal, bottles of which were already on the tables by the time members & guests
were invited to be seated. Graham then invited Keith Hatton to say grace and things
I thought the dinner itself was a great success, well cooked, hot, and efficiently
served. Although traditionally there are no speeches, because of the close proximity
to the AGM, there were plenty of toasts, some formal and some, let's say, not so
Following dinner Anne & Leo Bond sold tickets for, and held the raffle, which always
proves very popular. During coffee Graham thanked "Food for Thought" for the catering
and Anne & Leo for managing the raffle. He then presented Diana with a bouquet of
flowers and thanked her for organising the evening.
Although Lyn and I left shortly after dinner because I was still getting over a bout
of Flu; we thoroughly enjoyed the evening which was obviously far from over with
tables being moved back for dancing. Well done Diana, another great success.