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Presidents Night 2011

Rotary Club of the Brickhills Presidents night at G casino

Rotarian of the year Alision Saturday 25th June 2011 started dull but ended the evening in glorious sunshine. It was the day we selected to celebrate the Rotary year that had gone before us. Twenty one of us celebrated in style at G Casino in Luton.

The casino put on a super evening for us, excellent food, drink and entertainment with live music and chips for us all. Our host for the evening gave those inexperienced croupiers amongst us some skilled tuition on the blackjack table and on roulette. Some had lady luck on their side and came away up on the evening, the rest of us just enjoyed watching the rest and experiencing the atmosphere. We had the pleasure of Adrian and Margaret from Milton Keynes club and most of Rotaract, thank you all for your support.

It was President Elizabeth's pleasure to present her council with a card and gift of thanks for all their hard work over the last 12 months. Finally it was with enormous pleasure Elizabeth announced the Rotarian of the year as voted for by the club members and that honour was awarded to Alison Arnold. Well done Alison. See all the pictures here

Rotary Club of Winslow's 25th Presidents night

John Bercow Speaker of the House of CommonsAPaddy Hopkirk Champion Rally Driver and after dinner speakerndrew and Elizabeth joined Winslow Rotary club at the celebration of their 25th Charter on Friday 20th May. A parade of past Presidents started the evening and 23 of the 25 were represented. Andy as Assistant Governor was invited to make the speech to the club, which he did in most eloquent fashion. He told reiterated some of their greatest achievements over the last quarter of a century and told 3 excellent jokes.

Sitting with us on the top table was John Bercow MP, speaker of the House of Commons. Elizabeth was fortunate enough to sit next to him and thoroughly enjoyed the conversation that ensued. The after dinner speaker also on our table was the famous Paddy Hopkirk champion rally driver from the 1964 Montecarlo Rally. He gave a lively and humorous speech. A lovely evening with Winslow and guests.

Visit to Waddesdon Manor

We posed in front of Waddesdon Manor houseThe wonderful corner turrets of Waddesdon ManorWe decided to visit Waddesdon Manor House outside Aylesbury. It was built by the Rothschild family as a weekend retreat for the sibling owners. The weather was kind to us and we strolled round the garden in the morning. We noticed that for a house of this size it was unusual not to have a lake in the grounds.We admired the aviary and the new sculpture by Amish Kapoor, ending up in the stables where there was a special treat, an exhibition by Andy Warhole.

We had lunch in the stables restaurant and then made our way to the house for our timed visit.  The house is big and very ornate. An unbelievable number of notable paintings were on display. It is really hard to see why they did not live there all the time.

We all really enjoyed the visit, one to be repeated in the years ahead.

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Royal Wedding Party

it rainedHelen and Neil kindly invited us to join them and their friends for their Royal Wedding BBQ, so after watching the wedding at home, we arrived at Neil and Helen's with meat and drink in hands.

We discussed The Dress, outfits and hats, the kisses on the balcony and then moved out to relax and tuck into the huge spread.

We ignored the thunder and black clouds, declaring it would pass by us and rain nearby, but eventually we had to retreat indoors, at speed, clutching bowls of salad and plates of meat.

We gathered in the kitchen and the dining room, where it was then much easier to tuck into many of Helen's fabulous cakes (I am told that the blue icing dyed the tongue!).

A lovely relaxed afternoon and a great way to mark the Royal occasion together.

Day Trip to Santa Pod

santa pod racingsanta pod racingEaster Monday was a beautiful sunny and warm day for the first time in years and 2 of headed off to Santa Pod for the day. We got there early and chosse a spot facing the sun on the north side of the drag strip.

It was finals day and there were some spectacular races ahead of us. The jet car raced down the quarter of a mile track at 278 miles per hour and completed the race in 5.2 seconds! With a special picnic of BBQ'd lamb and a couple of cold beers, it was an excellent day sitting in the sun witnessing some very fast and incredibly noisy cars perform their best.

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