Lay-up for the annual dinner was on the afternoon of Wednesday 12 November. The clubhouse
was spruced up, the tables laid, glasses and cutlery polished and the bar made ready
for Saturday night. For the table decorations Diana had opted for a red and gold
theme which gave the clubhouse a regal glow under the coloured spotlights.
Anne and Leo wrapped the last of the raffle prizes and the kitchen was scrubbed from
top to bottom in preparation for the caterers. Many thanks to Nigel, Diana, Anne
& Leo, Joan & George, Eiko Edwards and Gordon Courtney for all their hard work.
The tickets advised 7:30 for 8:00pm but people started arriving shortly after 7:00pm.
Rodger greeted everyone with pre dinner drinks and the bar area was soon filled with
conversation and laughter. Everybody looked very smart with the ladies in their 'posh
frocks' and the gentlemen in suits or dinner jackets.
At 8:00'ish everybody was invited to be seated and the first course was served. This
year's menu offered something for everyone. Starters included avocado & prawn Marie
Rose, home made leek & potato soup or chicken Caesar salad.
The main course consisted of chicken supreme in a wild mushroom sauce stuffed with
smoked ham and mushrooms, salmon fillet with a white wine and chive sauce, pork loin
served with caramelised apples in a Calvados sauce or roasted butternut squash filo
tarts with walnuts and spinach; all served with potato's and seasonal vegetables.
The deserts were chocolate and hazelnut profiteroles, lime and lemon Bavarois, raspberry
crème brulee followed by cheese and biscuits, coffee and mints.
Rodger had ensured that enough wine was laid in to meet demand and the whole atmosphere
was friendly and relaxed with conversation ranging not only around but across the
tables. It was unfortunate that some people were late in applying for tickets and
were consequently disappointed. The truth is that the clubhouse and the caterers
can only cope with just so many people and we reached that limit quite quickly this
The Annual Dinner is very popular and its date was published on the AQSC programme
way back at the beginning of the season and has been advertised several times since
then. We hate to turn people away but, as with all club social activities, they are
managed on a first come, first served basis.
The evening was a great success and over coffee Nigel first thanked the caterers
'Food for Thought' for the dinner, Leo and Anne for running the raffle and then presented
Diana with a bouquet of flowers for all the work she had put in to ensure everything
went well. The evening ended after midnight with some hardier souls still chatting
well after most people had gone.
A good size team turned up on Sunday morning to help clear up and put the clubhouse
back to rights. If I tried to name everybody I'd be bound to forget someone so I'll
just say you know who you were and add many thanks for all your hard work. It was
most appreciated. See you all at the annual dinner 2009.