Update November 30

It’s actually a case of good evening if I am honest, I am writing this week’s Update at ten o’clock Thursday evening, I am off to Norwich at six in the morning as I am busy helping my son renovate his new home.
Tonight we have had the Sea Cadets having their annual Mess Dinner, I would’ve liked to have been at the club, they are usually excellent events with the cadets always being marvellous envoys for their organisation.
I hope the event has been successful, I am confident it will have been.

Last Saturday we had Christmas on the Quay. This is always a big event and despite being a little earlier this year the day was a big success. There were a lot of people at our club and more than 80 children visited Father Christmas.
The bar and kitchen were very busy which helps to generate funds for the club and of course it is an excellent public relations exercise giving us an opportunity to show local people what a marvellous club we have.
I would like to give a few important thanks. It’s impossible to mention everyone but the first on the list has to be Trevor and the Walton Lifeboat crew, you, in your beautiful Lifeboat are the major attraction. I have to say here and now that one of the highlights of my being Commodore is the development of the relationship between the club and yourselves, this has been one of the most satisfying outcomes of the last six years.
I do of course have to thank Father Christmas for breaking into his busy schedule to come to the club, thanks to Dickie Wistow who kindly helped Father Christmas to be present………….
I want to thank Anne Slowgrove for all her organising, Chris Opperman for making such a good job of being the club’s MC as usual. To the Emmanuel Community Singers who serenaded us beautifully. To Paul Burnage and his fellow brass band players who were brilliant and of course the many members and staff who worked so hard to make the day the success that it was.

After the excitement of COTQ we thought maybe Sunday would be a bit quieter but it was another busy day with the club really buzzing and the dining room full.
The club is generally quieter in these pre-Christmas weeks. Last night we had the last Steak Night before Christmas and it was quiet, we have had to put a stop on steak nights until after Christmas as Pete and his staff are busy with Christmas dinners and, of course, the Black Tie Dinner on Saturday week. The bookings for the Black Tie have been very good but there a few spaces left, if you are thinking of joining in then please get your name down in the next few days. If you have booked already then please make sure you put your meal choices on the list as Pete has to put his orders in on Monday.
Today we also had our Ladies that Lunch in, I hope they had a good time.

We have a number of Christmas Dinner bookings in the coming week but the dining room is open as usual each day over the weekend with the Sunday Carvery likely to be busy, so ringing Tina to book a table is advised.
Next weekend is busy and significant!
On Friday we have the December 200 Club Draw. On Saturday we have the Black Tie Dinner and Sunday we have the 2018 AGM which is a day of endings and beginnings.
For me it is the end of an intense six years at the forefront of the club’s managing committee. It is also likely to be the end of the club’s current stature as we vote to transform the entity of the club to a company limited by guarantee, to give an exciting new beginning for our club, certainly a big weekend.

Well I am pretty well done for this week, next week’s Update is going to be a tough one for me to write, the end of six years of weekly missives totalling some 314 I believe…….
I would like to mention that the club will be open on New Years Eve, I think a poster will be attached.
I would also like to mention that there have been nine intended entries for the Snowball Race on Boxing Day so this should go ahead, sadly I won’t be one of them as my sons and partners are coming for their Christmas Dinner a day late! Let’s hope the weather is kind and the race is a success.
I think that all remains is for me to wish you all a good week and to say that I look forward to seeing you around your club.

Martin