At first I thought they'd left a couple of garden gnomes to ensure the road was kept closed, but...
... on closer inspection it turned out to be our beloved President, Verdun, and his lovely wife, Frances. Although not sure why Verdun's wearing sun glasses unless he was trying to be incognito!
Well we must be doing something right! Bob (3rd from left) was 'badged up' on 11th September by our president, Verdun (1st from left). Watched over by our DG, Steve (2nd from left) and sponsored by Ian (4th from left, or 1st from right) who was until then our newest member himself. That brings our happy band of 'reprobates' back up to 30 members.
Not sure if, by joining, Bob increases or decreases our average age profile. Anyone else want to join us?
One of the best trips I've been on. Informative interesting and definitely thought provoking. Must have been good as J.H. actually focussed for a whole hour. By the way Pauline is on the visit but she's hiding behind Roger.
Lesley was an excellent teacher and never faltered despite our penetrating questions like 'can we recycle wine corks'
Getting our gear on but for some reason Barry has decided to go into some bizarre dance sequence. Think he's listening to Bing Crosby on his earphones.
Scarry!!!! Those starring eyes and aggressive stance. Veolia should employ him as their bouncer. He's just heard that all beer glasses are now only being served in half pints to save the environment.
It's our president Verdun's first business meeting and Nick is making him wear our traditional 'Happy Jacket'. This came to us all the way from Japan, via New Zealand. It's handed on to every incoming President, but sadly Nick couldn't fit into it last year!! Well it certainly brought a smile to Verdun's face so it's got to be working.
How many Lions does it take to put a BBQ together?
... meanwhile Paul was given the only job we thought he could do on his own - so he wouldn't annoy the rest of us - we left him chopping onions in the kitchen!
We think Steve's got his BBQ under control ................................................... or maybe not!
Peter's doing what comes naturally - talking & drinking - has the makings of a great Lion President!
I think Steve is drinking Roger's beer and he's not very happy about it
The four musketeers - job well done!
Ian's shirt just wasn't quite right - he wanted 'Commander-in-Chief' epaulettes on the shoulders!
Anybody know who the smart bloke with the flashy bowtie is???? I know Gary and Ian but the other gate-crasher???
Great start to the night - drinks in the warm balmy evening. This new member, Gary, is doing well - two photographs and two mentions
Don't we scrub up well.Even Kath can't believe what she's looking at. Well done Roger!!
Roger's cufflinks - inherited from his dad. I think we all should have a pair. Graham's next research job
Graham receiving an award for 'best dressed'.
Mike getting his award for - no idea - was it 10, 20 or 50 years service. But who gave the DG that bottle of Gin or did he bring his own. Better mention that the DG is Stephen Green and he did make his speech quite short.
Verdun is holding Nick so tightly, clearly not wanting him to pass on the chain of office.
Graham, our MC, trying to rehearse his lines! Is it the DG or DJ, can't remember!
These two naughty boys, Tony & Graham, took their jackets off before before being given permission tsk! tsk!
Yes I'm looking at you! Just behave yourself!
Yes John, something to ponder when it's announced that you are the chair of a new group within the club called the NITS! I wonder what it stands for?
Waiting expectantly for curry whilst Sheila is half way through
Slight lack of planning - hottest day of the year and we're eating a curry although the cold lager helps!
Where's 'me' curry - think you've already eaten it Steve
I always confuse chutney and pickle. It makes me chuckle!!!
Just to prove that's what we booked in for on the hottest day of the year!
But still a great curry from our host, Rama.
Our Blogmaster, Graham, more interested in showing off his photos than attending to his curry!
And there was a quiz. There's always a quiz! This one was all about curries and you'll see from the photo below that Steve and Eibhlin won. This photo is the one & only photo anyone possesses of Steve with a smile on his face!