DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
THE NEXT MEETING OF THE SOCIETY is the Chairman's Evening and will be at 7.30pm on Friday 9 November at our usual venue when there will be a talk and demonstration by the charity Canine Partners.
THE CHRISTMAS LUNCH is on Friday 7 December at the Mill House Restaurant in Skidby, 12.00 for 12.30. Dave Thomas will be in touch shortly with the detailed arrangements but the cost is £28.00 per person (includes gratuities) for three courses and you will need to let him have your choices from the following menu and payment in full by the closing date -
The Mills Prawn Cocktail
Greenland prawns & avocado mousse served with Marie rose sauce and granary bread
Cream of Potato & Horseradish soup
Served with a chive crème fraiche & ale bread
Salmon, Sweet potato & blood orange fishcakes
Served with winter leaves and apple slaw
Baked Crotin of Goats Cheese
With grilled figs, caramelised onions and a balsamic reduction
Ham Hock Terrine
Pease pudding, soused vegetables & farmhouse bread
Roast Norfolk Turkey breast
Pork and herb stuffing, Bacon wrapped chipolata, duck fat roasties, seasonal vegetables
Parma wrapped Pheasant breast
Boned and rolled breast wrapped in Parma ham served with baby poached pear, sautéed leeks, herb rosti potato, crispy black pudding and thyme sauce
Traditional Beef Stroganoff
With saffron scented basmati rice and garlic baguette
Crisp fillet of Sea bass
With a butter bean and parsley mashed potato, tender stem broccoli and a lemon & caper butter
Mild curried lentils
With char-grilled Mediterranean Vegetables and flat bread
(a dessert of all 3 sweets per person)
Traditional Christmas Pudding with Brandy Sauce
Spiced Mulled Wine Panna Cotta
Belgian Chocolate Tartlet with Black Cherry Sauce
NOTES OF COMMITTEE AND ANNUAL GENERAL MEETINGS are accessible through the website. So if you want to know what your Committee has been doing or what happened at the AGM click on the Committee page and the dates that you are interested in.
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BEST WISHES - to Nev Jones and Alwyn Morgan whose ill health has meant moving into residential care, and to Brenda Jones who has recently undergone major eye surgery.
SADLY MISSED - is Tony Woollaston who passed away in April. Our sincerest condolences to his wife Phyllis, their family and friends.
FAREWELL - to Rosanne Cowdery and Tom Ulett who have decided not to renew their membership this year.
THE OCTOBER MEETING was on Friday 19 October when the 12 members present had an enjoyable evening sampling a range of games inluding a Beetle Drive, Welsh Scrabble, Mah Jong and Welsh Monopoly organised by Merle Skinner.
THE OPENING MEETING OF THIS YEAR'S PROGRAMME on Friday 7 September was a "Musical Evening" organised by Chairman Dave Thomas accompanied by 4 of his talented friends from Cottingham Folk Club when the 12 members present were entertained with a wide range of anecdotes, music and songs, including many Welsh favourites.
OUR SUMMER OUTING was organised by Past Chairman Merle Skinner on 6 June at Goodmanham where 24 members and friends had a very pleasant afternoon with a guided tour of the historic church by the Rev Malcolm Exley followed by afternoon tea in the Fiddle Drill.
NO INCREASE IN SUBSCRIPTIONS AGAIN. In view of the Society's sound financial position, it was agreed at the Annual General Meeting that subscriptions for 2018/19 would remain at £15 per member. This is the tenth year running that subscriptions have not been increased. New members pay nothing for the first year.
THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING was held on 12 May. Eddie Evans continued for his second year as President, Dave Thomas was elected as Chairman, John Butler as Treasurer and Merle Skinner as Past Chairman. There were no nominations for Vice Chairman or Secretary although a number of members agreed to take on specific aspects. The other Committee members elected were Roger Uglow, Penny and Richard Cook, leaving three vacancies. The formal meeting was followed by members sharing their memories of Wales.
MEMBERSHIP STATISTICS - At 31 March 2018 there were 47 members (13 couples and 21 singles) of the Society, compared with 49 members (12 couples, 25 singles) at 31 March 2017. There were 2 new members, 3 non-renewals and 1 death during the year.
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