Newsletter 21/03/2013


O       The AGM will take place at 8.00pm on Thursday 11th April and will take about an hour. The usual notices and forms will be posted in the club next Thursday 14th March. Please make every effort to attend. Apart from the usual business, there will be presentations made to some long-serving members and it would be nice for them if there is a good turnout. There will be a FREE DRINK at half time for those present.

O       There will be a change to the catering arrangements for Sundays, beginning in April. More details next week.

O       The new “100 Club Instant” starts this month. Simply sign up on the “100 Club Instant” grid, placed under the TV, paying just £10 for any number you chose. You can have as many numbers as you wish each month.  The numbers that have been taken are then put in the draw for that month and the winner will receive £200. The draw will take place at the end of each month.

O       If you know members who have email, please encourage them to sign up to the free Newsletter if they haven’t already done so. We have over 260 subscribers and there could be several more with broadband out of the total 365 membership.

 Forthcoming events:    

Saturday 30th March MUSIC NIGHT – “The Butler Family”

Thursday 4th April – QUIZ. The LUCKY 7 JACKPOT now stands @ £180. Once £200 is reached the number of envelopes will be reduced one at a time until there is a winner.

Thursday 11th April – Club AGM 8.00pm

Saturday 27th April – The 90th Anniversary of the Club’s foundation and the 20th of the property being bought outright by the members. There will be a special buffet and live background music. Black tie, or jacket and tie, restricted to members and their partners. Single members and widowers may invite one guest. This is an all-ticket event because fire restrictions limit us to 140. The tickets are priced @ £5 each but include a £5 drinks voucher. Tickets are now on sale available at the bar, cash only, on “first-come, first-served basis; there will be no “reservations.” Tickets available at the time of writing: 48


Menu – available Wednesday and Friday evenings as well as Saturday and Sunday lunchtimes:   


Home made pâté…£3.50

Deep-fried Brie with chutney…£4.00

Mushrooms with cream and garlic…£3.50

Deep-fried Whitebait…£3.50

Home made Soup of the Day…£2.50

Twice baked cheese soufflé with cheddar sauce…£4.50


Fried Haddock with chips and peas…£6.00

Deep-fried Scampi with chips and peas…£6.00

Grilled Gammon and egg with chips and peas…£6.00

Home made Beef and Ale pie with chips and peas…£6.00

Home made Lasagne with chips and salad…£6.00

Poached fillet of Sole with smoked salmon sauce, potatoes and vegetables…£8.00

Fillet of Pork with a creamy mushroom sauce, potatoes and vegetables…£8.00

Pan-fried fillet of Salmon with a prawn sauce, potatoes and vegetables…£8.00

Breast of Chicken with mozzarella and Parma ham, potatoes and vegetables…£8.00

Lamb with a creamy garlic sauce, potatoes and vegetables…£8.00

On Sundays there will be a roast (£7-50) as well as the above.

You may book both on Wednesdays and Sundays 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:    “London Pride” (abv 4.1) sponsored by Paul Watson, Elgoods “Black Dog” (3.6) sponsored by Robert Wivell, Lincoln Green “Hood” (4.2) sponsored by Ted Milnes, Driffields “Bunny’s Revenge” (4.5) sponsored jointly by Mike Clay and Neil Jordan, Brains “Bread of Heaven” sponsored by Les Balchin, “Snecklifter” (4.1) sponsored by George Berzins, and “Betty Stogs” (4,0) sponsored by Phil Moss. If you wish to sponsor an ale of your choice please talk to Laurence.  


Castle Hill Club

This month, the Golden state of CALIFORNIA

Everything is big in the USA and that includes their wines.

We have two of the best give them a try.

 770 Miles Red Zinfandel   (D) Origin: Central Valley. Clear ruby red in colour, full bodied and subtle with light tannins and a warm pleasant finish.

770 Miles Chardonnay   (1) Origin: central valley. Pale yellow with golden highlights, lively and aromatic with a delicious vanilla flavour. 

Both £11 or by the glass, £3.

Two wines from the classic area of the Central Valley, the Zinfandel is one of the first grapes that DNA was taken to solve the argument of whether it was a natural USA grape or not. The results were that its origin was from Italy and Croatia around the Adriatic and Dalmatian coast.

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

Next Month something totally different; Fair Trade Organic wine also vegan friendly, first time for me as well.  


Sent in by a member:

 A duck walks into a pub and orders a pint of beer and a ham sandwich.
The barman looks at him and says, “Hang on! You’re a duck.”
“I see your eyes are working,” replies the duck.
“And you can talk!” exclaims the barman.
“I see your ears are working, too,” says the duck. “Now if you don’t mind, can I have my beer and my sandwich please?”
“Certainly, sorry about that,” says the barman as he pulls the duck’s pint.
  “It’s just we don’t get many ducks in this pub. What are you doing round this way?”
“I’m working on the building site across the road,” explains the duck. “I’m a plasterer.”
The flabbergasted barman cannot believe the duck and wants to learn more, but takes the hint when the duck pulls out a newspaper from his bag and proceeds to read it. So, the duck reads his paper, drinks his beer, eats his sandwich, bids the barman good day and leaves.
The same thing happens for two weeks.
Then one day the circus comes to town. The ringmaster comes into the pub for a pint and the barman says to him, “You’re with the circus, aren’t you? Well, I know this duck that could be just brilliant in your circus. He talks, drinks beer, eats sandwiches, reads the newspaper and everything!”
“Sounds marvellous”  says the ringmaster, handing over his business card. “Get him to give me a call.”

So the next day when the duck comes into the pub the barman says, “Hey Mr. Duck, I reckon I can line you up with a top job, paying really good money.”
“I’m always looking for the next job,” says the duck. “Where is it?”
“At the circus,” says the barman.
“The circus?” repeats the duck.
“That’s right,” replies the barman.
“The circus?” the duck asks again. “With the big tent?”
“Yeah,” the barman replies. “With all the animals who live in cages and performers who live in caravans?” says the duck.
“Of course,” the barman replies.
“And the tent has canvas sides and a big canvas roof with a hole in the middle?” persists the duck.
“That’s right!” says the barman.
The duck shakes his head in amazement, and says .. . .

 “What the deuce would they want with a plasterer??!”

Ted Milnes

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