The annual club dinner is perhaps the high point of the club’s social calendar. A
black tie and posh frock do and, for once, I can report on this event having had
nothing to do with its organisation.
The dinner was professionally catered in the clubhouse by ‘Food for Thought’. The
menu they had prepared offered something for everyone. Starters included Smoked salmon
and Prawn Cocktail or Pumpkin and Parsnip Soup or Seasonal Pate with Crostini.
The main course consisted of Supreme of Chicken stuffed with Brie and Tarragon or
Slow Roasted Lamb Shank with Rosemary and Sundried Tomatoes or Portobello Mushroom
with Wilted Spinach, Quinoa (don’t ask me what that is) with a Creamy Bechamel Sauce
(vegetarian). All served with Potatoes and Seasonal Vegetables.
Dessert included a choice of Streusel Berry Tart or Poached Pears in Marsala Wine
or Turkish Delight Cheesecake (that’s a bit different). This was followed by Cheese
and Biscuits, Coffee and Mints; a very good and varied menu.
Diana Carpenter wanted something a ‘bit different’ this year and had suggested a
nautical hat competition with a prize offered for the best creation. It certainly
got people thinking. Nobody can ever accuse AQSC members of not entering into the
spirit of the event, or maybe they just like dressing up.
The evening started with a reception drink at 7:30pm, followed by the meal at 8:00pm.
The table colour scheme for the evening was red and yellow and the old clubhouse
looked outstanding in the candlelight. Virtually everybody had designed and manufactured
an amazing array of hats which included flashing lighthouses, various boats, fend-offs
and helmets. If anything the ladies outdid the gentlemen for sheer imagination and
The meal was a huge success, probably the best ever, and the wine flowed (as it tends
to do at Aquarius). Various addresses and toasts were made and then, over coffee
there was a sketch suggested and prepared by Messrs Rainsborough and Knowles.
Nigel Knowles, Frank (dressed as Lord Nelson) and Rodger Wheeler and all the flag
officers poked a bit of fun at current Health and Safety directives. Most of the
participants had no idea they were taking part until they were handed their scripts
and props immediately before the start. It went down a storm.
Anne & Leo’s raffle was as popular as ever and I would imagine made a good profit
for the club.
Next Graham announced the winner of the ‘nautical hat competition’ and I’m a little
embarrassed to say that I won it with my party popper firing ‘Ketch 22’.
Diana was then presented with flowers from the club and thanked for all her hard
work in organising the evening; and, in fact, a huge thank you goes to everybody
concerned with the dinner both on the night and during the prior preparation.
It was a grand evening, nobody seemed in any hurry to leave and it went on into the
wee small hours. A classic annual dinner!