This lunchtime event was the club's first social get together of 2009 and proved
very popular. From an initial take-up of 28 it escalated to nearly 40 on the day
requiring an extra table to be laid up. Joan Courtney and Liz Archer organised everything
and were ably assisted before and on the day by Gordon Courtney, Pat Irving, Tony
Hopkins and Rodger Wheeler. Richard Cannon suggested the dishes and quantities to
get; he was very relieved when the only complaints were of having over eaten.
By 12:30am the bar was crowded and working overtime. Seventeen large bowls of food
arrived from the 'Riverside' Indian restaurant at Hampton around the same time and
were taken into the galley to be divided between the 4 tables.
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The selection was enough for the most discerning palate. The meal started with Poppadums,
pickles and chutneys. This was followed by Chicken Korma, Chicken Rogan, Chicken
Kashmiri, Chicken Madras, Lamb Dupiza, Mixed vegetable curry, Bombay Aloo, Sag Aloo,
Basamati Rice, Naan bread, Onion Bhaji and Pakora.
A dessert of fruit and ice-cream was served next followed by coffee. Even the weather
played its part with blue skies and bright sunshine to set-off the view across the
After lunch the tables were cleared away and a variety of games commenced mostly
pitting the youngsters against the oldies. The younger element took this very seriously;
the same cannot be said of the 'mature' team; but before things got totally out of
control Joan, Liz and Pat served tea and an amazing variety of Joan's home made cakes.
It was a highly successful afternoon and our thanks go to Joan and Liz for all their
hard worked. Nice one girls! There was even a small profit made for the club.