Update November 16

Good morning, I had better comment on the weather. I conceded last week that I usually start with a weather report so no point in changing now, just a few more weeks to go of writing this missive each Friday.
So today it is very overcast and cloudy, there is a damp feeling and it’s a bit murky…….. quite fitting really, it reflects my mood this morning.
Last night I chaired my last General Committee meeting, it felt very strange to acknowledge I will have no involvement or input into club business.
There is no question that the last six years have been hard and really challenging at times, but it has also been rewarding to see the club grow and develop, I will miss being part of a very successful team.

Right, let’s get past the maudlin bit, what’s happening?
The first thing to report is that Remembrance Day was, well, memorable.
It seems incredible that each time I have had the honour of laying a wreath at the Memorial it has been a beautiful sunny day.
As it was the Centenary of this massively significant day it was very well supported. I believe it’s estimated there were in excess of a thousand people gathered to pay their respects. I felt privileged to be there on behalf of our club.
After the service the lifeboat crew returned to the club for their customary Buffet with family upstairs. Downstairs the club was extremely busy, the Rebel Trust Vice Commodores gathered , the Sea Cadet Officers had a table in the dining room and we had lots of members and guests in the club. Well done to all the staff. Tina and her staff worked tirelessly running between the two floors and Pete and his staff coped really well with the high demand.
Wednesday we had a Steak Night, well done to Peter Compton for enticing his 41Club mates down for the evening. Peter tells me they all had a really good evening. Not only did the 41Club have supper but they watched some archive dvds of Frinton and Walton which very much featured the club. We plan to show these one evening at the club for members in the next few months.

Tonight we have the Town Hard Association holding their Annual Dinner in our upstairs function rooms and tomorrow night we have our Laying Up Supper, a true sign the sailing season has really finished.
Whilst mentioning sailing, the next dinghy race at the club is programmed in for Boxing Day. As it is a logistical undertaking to staff the race team, organise rescue crew etc it was proposed that an ‘early entry list’ be put up to make sure there are enough entrants to make the race worthwhile. Please put your name on the list if you are intending to race.
Also for your information here are the dates of the Winter series races which start in the new year:- 1: 3rd Feb, 2: 10th Feb, 3: 24th Feb, 4: 10th Mar, 5: 24th Mar. Start times to follow………

Back to what’s happening this week….. on Sunday our ramblers are rambling in Brightlingsea. The dining room is open for Carvery from midday through to 1700 hours.

On Wednesday Lesley Lord’s Art Group will be meeting and it is their luncheon week. We will have Steak Night in the evening.

Saturday is a big day in the club’s calendar as it is Christmas on the Quay. The Walton Lifeboat will be alongside the club from approximately 1100 hours and we are expecting a good crowd for this. There will be a wonderful choir and uplifting music from a brass band featuring our very own Paul Burnage!
In preparation for the Saturday event we are decorating the club with Christmas decorations on Thursday. I believe Anne is still hoping for some more volunteer support for Saturday…………..

The Black Tie Dinner is coming up fast, just a few weeks to go. It is on Saturday 8th, the day before the AGM. There will be a list up in the usual place, it would be good to make this a good event, my last as Commodore.
There has been interest expressed in having a New Year’s Eve event, Tina is now sorting out details which I will attach to next week’s Update, if you haven’t already made plans then salvation is at hand!

I think we are more or less done for today. A House matter that I have been asked to mention is that we have to very soon get an order in for regalia to get delivery before Christmas. If you would like to order any shirts, jumpers, jackets etc to give as presents then you need to put your order on the list and pay for whatever you order. What better gift could you make?

That is it for this week, all that remains is to say I look forward to seeing you around your club in the coming week.

Martin