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2016/17/18 Season

CHRISTMAS LUNCH 2018

On a bright, but chilly morning 36 Venerables set out to play the traditional 13 holes pre Xmas lunch, and were joined by a further 7 for lunch. A mixed bag of scores, with some of the teams apparently consuming sufficient alcoholic beverages before heading out to render their scores somewhat uncompetitive. However, one team consisting of messrs Sephton, Eggs, Kidman and Appleton, decided that they would go for a more competitive advantage by playing an extra 2 holes. Sadly, this was still insufficient to get them on the podium.

Our thanks to Bernard for organising the event, to Alan (one knee) Parkes for the raffle, to Grumpy and Noisy (aka Hill and Baker) for ensuring that everyone purchased a raffle ticket, to our intrepid photographer, Andrew Wyatt. and of course to the Akhtars for an excellent lunch.

 

BEFORE THE FESTIVE 13 HOLES OF GOLF

 

APRE GOLF

 

CHRISTMAS LUNCH TIME

 

Tony presenting Mrs A & Mouna with presents from The Venerables section

THE DAYS RESULTS ARE AS FOLLOWS

ABOVE PICTURE

In 3rd place with 72 points, Barry Carse, Steve Board, Mike Gray, Mickey Breedon

BELOW PICTURE:

in 2nd place with 76 points, David Baker, Dave Brown, Graham Jarman, Steve Williams

THE WINNERS PICTURED ABOVE:

In first place with 78 points, Malcolm Knobel-Forbes, Phil Black, Mick Williams, Ian Desborough

 

ANNUAL DINNER 2018

Pre dinner drinks

 

At the tables

 

THE AWARDS (L to R in the above list)

Above left Tony Leigh presenting Dave Sephton with the Golfer Of The Year Trophy
 
Above right Vice-Captain Richard Gardner introducing next year’s Vice-Captain  Steve Truckle

The last event of 2017 was a great do. Excellent food, superb company, exciting raffle and funny hats- but sadly no golf as the course was suffering from snow aftermath. Many thanks for all who organised the day and to the Akhtars for the seasonal fare and service.

THE GATHERING

 

SEASONAL FARE

THE TABLES

 

THE RAFFLE

REMNANTS + our formidable photographer

GROUND CONTROL & CAPT. WATTS ABOVE

 

 

 

THE DINERS GATHER
THE SEATING PLAN
 
AT THE TABLES
 
THE AWARDS  (L to R in the above list order)
 
Tony Leigh, next year’s Vice Captain. Introduction by Richard Gardner, Bernard Brown, next year’s Captain unable to attend.
 
MISCELLANEOUS SNAPS

 

We celebrated the festive season with a somewhat symbolic round of  golf – teams of 3 playing 13 holes, Stableford. Altogether 47 players and 50 diners, the largest field since the event commenced in 2005. All thanks to those who made the day so successful, comprising enjoyable golf so well organised by Merv Cooke and his helpers, excellent Xmas fare generously served up by Mrs A and John A, funny hats and corny cracker jokes, a grand raffle well orchestrated by Alan Parkes with David Baker and Peter Hill. All overseen by Captain Richard Gardner and his softly spoken Vice Captain. Pity about the lost official photos but fortunately Andrew took these pics to remind us of such a splendid day.
THE BRIEFING
 ON THE COURSE
 FOOD WONDERFUL FOOD
 THE WINNERS
 THE RAFFLE GOODIES
 SOME HAPPY VENS

 

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Once again the Venerables, their ladies and guests got together to enjoy this annual event. Many thanks to Captain Richard Gardner and all his helpers who made this a great evening.  As usual the Akhtars contributed largely for the success of the dinner – Mrs A for the cuisine, John for the wines and Saleem, who almost single-handed ensured that we were served.
THE VENUE
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AT THE TABLES
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 GOLFER OF THE YEAR – MIKE TILLETT
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 SPEECHES 
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Richard Gardner and his vice captain Dave Watts who announced next year’s vice captain, Bernard Brown.
 THANKS TO THE AKHTARS
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 APPRECIATION TO CAPTAIN’S AND VICE CAPTAIN’S LADIES FOR THEIR PATIENCE 
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 END PIECES
 
Top: Mickey snaps, Pete reflects and Mrs A squeezes. Middle: the Sephtons demonstrate that there is certainly no point in crying over spilled wine.  Bottom: cheers to Andes Peaks.