Spring 2011


Commodore's Bit


AGM And Prize Giving

Annual Club Dinner

Annual Programme

Bodgit & Co

Burns Night & Video

Cheats Xmas Lunch

Club Open Weekend

Environmental Agency

Financial Problems

Financial Crisis (Solve)

Great Sailing


Kempton Park Fireworks

Ladies Lunch

Newsletter Printing

Out Of The Mouths Of

Pantomime March - May

Post Code (New)



Sailing Prog. Notes

SigneT Open Meeting  

Something Special

Start Of Season Party


Valley Gardens Visit

Web Site

What's Been Going On

Winter Water Front

Work Party

Work Party (Special)


Aquarius Pantomime Pico Pan

The hilarious Aquarius panto 'Pico Pan', with the terrifying Captain Hook (played by Tony Hopkins and parrot) and the rather hairy fairy, Stinkerbell (Rodger Wheeler), took place on the 14th of January 2011.

 Bodgit and Co. (scenery constructors extraordinaire) were first on stage, with their van still there, finishing the job.  A side-splitting scene followed in which Nigel Knowles attempted to give Captain Hook a 'hand' ['Groan' says the editor]. The set was amazing. The Victorian playroom was beautifully painted by Mike Baker and had a real opening and closing window. Nigel built a Wendy House which unexpectedly appeared from the floor around Wendy (played by Julia Iremonger). There was a real working cannon which fired party poppers at an unsuspecting Pico Pan (Edmund Morris). All this brought the pantomime to life.


This year's pantomime included lots of music and songs. Pat Halling played some inspiring music on his violin with a lot of ingenious improvisation between scenes but the cast somehow knew and opened the curtains whenever Pat started playing. Pat also played a beautiful duet with Imogen Morris, one of the club's younger members. They played 'Flow Gently Sweet Afton' and 'Evening Song'.

Jean Hendra (playing an adorable dog called Ba- Nana), and the stately but sea-weary Aquarians (played by Mike Hendra and Frank Rainsborough) led the singing with 'How Much is that Doggie in the Window', 'Leaning on a Lamppost' and 'Home on the Range'.  Jean Hendra was also the make-up artist transforming everyone from everyday folk to magical Neverlandians.

There were many talented actors in this year's panto. The pirates, acted by the moustachioed Andrew Morris and the multi-talented Nigel Knowles, told some hilarious jokes. Julia Iremonger (who played Wendy) charmed everyone with her great memory for lines and wonderful acting talent. The Darling children were played magnificently by Dominic and Robbie Lunniss and sang 'We're Walking in the Air' beautifully, alongside Pico Pan and Wendy. The actors are hoping that next year Bodgit and Co. can fix it for them to really fly. Kyle Farren and Grace Farren wittily played the concerned parents (Mr and Mrs Darling). The 'Lost Buoys' were bobbingly acted by Imogen Morris in full orange regalia, trailing her fellow 'buoys' by a rope.  Tiger Lily was beautifully portrayed by Lydia Iremonger, whom we are looking forward to seeing more of in future productions.

 The most creative costume of the evening was that of the crocodile, delightfully made and portrayed by Anna Iremonger. She captivated the younger members of the audience seated in the front row whilst everyone sang 'Never Smile at a Crocodile'.

The pantomime wouldn't have been possible without the tireless work of the producer, and pantomime Dame, Rodger Wheeler. Rodger organised the music, co-ordinated the meetings, produced a film along with Richard Cannon and, put simply, made everything happen.

Hannah Lunniss's debut as director was an outstanding success. It is no small task to organise such a motley crew in such a short time. Hannah skillfully brought Imogen and Edmund's script magically to life.

Despite several computers conspiring against them, Frank Rainsborough and Richard Cannon produced the programmes and song sheets in double-quick time, creating a beautiful souvenir for all to treasure.

Most importantly, after all that acting, singing, laughter and applause everyone got to enjoy Linda Wheeler, Joan Bray and Stuart Schaffer's tasty spread.

 Do it again? Oh yes we will!

Edmund Morris

Crocodile song

Curtain call 2nd performance