Newsletter 06/12/2012

(Please make sure your Christmas Draw entries are in in time; details below).

Forthcoming events:    NEXT Thursday 13th December QUIZ presented by Phil Bagnall

Saturday 15th December CHRISTMAS DRAW – the usual prizes: £100 cash, Hamper, and at least 50 bottles. We’re doing away with raffle tickets. Instead we shall use the individual membership names. If your name is drawn it will be put back into the draw so that you have a chance of winning every time. Instead of just 10 chances afforded by the old raffle tickets each member has more that 50 chances to win something. By now you should have received a letter and a reply envelope. If sending in draw entries, it is very important when returning the envelope to indicate who it’s from, particularly if cash is involved. Please note that entries for partners, family members, and friends are also welcome; just make sure we have a record of their names along with the remittance.

The Final 100 CLUB Draw for £1000 and £200 will also be made during the evening. The Draws will be made from 8.00pm onwards.

Any prizes unclaimed by the end of January will be retained for future use.

Friday 21st December “Mikey”

New Year’s Eve – Ted’s “Quiz of the Year”, free buffet, “Elya.” Why not see in 2013 to the sound of the Cathedral bells?   

Catering:   BESPOKE MEALS – Pip is offering to cook meals to order; if there is something you’d like him to prepare for you and your friends, such as Beef Wellington for example, simply let him know and negotiate a price directly with him.

The menu for Sunday 7th December:

Starters (£3.80) Crab Fish Cakes with a sweet chilli sauce OR Warm salad of Chicken Livers and Bacon.

Mains (£7.50) Roast Lamb and Mint Sauce OR Baked Gammon with Parsley.

Choice of Desserts, Cheese and Biscuits (£3-80)

The menu for Wednesday 12th December:

Starters (£4-00) Deepfried Mushrooms with a Garlic Dip OR Potato and Stilton Soup.

Mains (£8.50) Grilled Sirloin Steak with mushrooms, onion and tomato OR Breast of Chicken with Asparagas en croûte.

Choice of Desserts, Cheese and Biscuits (£4-00)

Booking recommended for Sundays and Wednesdays. But feel free to just turn up on Fridays and Saturdays

Sunday Lunch:  You may book both Wednesday Specials and Sunday Lunches in person, by phone 525791 or by email to

The Club is made available for family events, birthdays, retirement parties etc. Just talk to Laurence if you wish to arrange something. Catering is available on request. 

GUEST ALES:      Everards “Regimental IPA” (5.0) sponsored by Ted Milnes, “Scrumdiggery” (4.0) sponsored by “Cool Hand” Les, “Plastered Pheasant “ (4,8) sponsored by Angie Clay, “Dogs Bollocks” (5.2) sponsored by Mike Clay and “Directors” (4.8) sponsored by Lee Ogden. If you wish to sponsor an ale of your choice please talk to Laurence. 





Expand your wine experience every month with different wines from around the world. This month we sample Classic wines from CHILE.





Origin: Colchagua Valley. Deep and dark purple red in colour, with sweet and spicy oak notes, great with all red meats.  A rare grape hardly found in Europe since the blight in the late 1800’s.

£12 or by the glass, £3. Tasting notes for the Carmenere available behind the bar.



Origin: Central Valley. A classic grape making a classic white wine, probably the biggest selling variety in the world today. Carlsberg’s venture into wine making and it’s very good as well. A crisp and refreshing white with hints of tropical fruit flavours.                        

 £12 or by the glass, £3.


Red Wine A to E:     A – light, easy drinking,   E – heavy, full bodied

White Wine & Rose 1 to 9:     1 – very dry,   9 – very sweet


Joke du jour:


A man in Scotland calls his son in London the day before Christmas Eve and says, “I hate to ruin your day but I have to tell you that your mother and I are divorcing; forty-five years of misery is enough.”

‘Dad, what are you talking about?’ the son screams.

“We can’t stand the sight of each other any longer” the father says. “We’re sick of each other and I’m sick of talking about this, so you call your sister in Leeds and tell her.”

Frantically, the son calls his sister, who explodes on the phone. “Like hell they’re getting divorced!” she shouts, “I’ll take care of this!”

She calls Scotland immediately, and screams at her father “You are NOT getting divorced. Don’t do a single thing until I get there. I’m calling my brother back, and we’ll both be there tomorrow. Until then, don’t do a thing, DO YOU HEAR ME?” and hangs up.

The old man hangs up his phone and turns to his wife. ‘Sorted! They’re coming for Christmas – and they’re paying their own way too!’

Ted Milnes

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