This is where it all starts. Two 'Dunlop Starred' chefs stabbing their King Edwards with Health & Safety clearly the last thing on their minds and Ian with a sign which actually should be on his apron.
One of at least 5 ways we can the punters to part with their money - the Tote.The night was a big success raising about £1,700. Peter and his team had worked hard to produce some excellent prizes which were well worth auctioning off.
And they're off!! After 4 hours of blood sweat and tears the Neaps and Tatties are ready. To be honest it does look more like "Meals on Wheels" but it was worth the wait - very tasty.
This is how we all felt after the Haggis - even the horse is weighed down, holding its private parts doesn't make it go quicker though. I know its probably rude to point it out but why is Tony J picking his nose.
ITALIAN NIGHT at the Reindeer. Rama's mate, Bob, hosted an excellent evening with a 3 course meal and a variety of Italian wines, finishing with an extremely difficult quiz. Green, White and Red everywhere including the serviettes.
Everybody in a good mood although slightly concerned about Nick's response at the back there. Should he have been at work??? Either that or Marion's looking for his wallet.
Spot the only real Italian!! He reckons that he's had a fake noodle but it was an 'impasta'!!
Ian's trying to get in on the action gesticulating like a good Italian.I seem to remember it was something about being a clown. Or to be more precise 'Buffone"!!
Attempting the quiz - well 3 of us are!! Horsefall has got distracted yet again we only asked him how you spelt 'Italy'
Looking fresh and ready to spread goodwill and joy around Farnsfield. Had a good week so far despite the cold, ice, snow and rain but our intrepid team remain undeterred.
Sorry to pick on you Mark but you're just representative of the rest of the Lions. 845 calories burnt on the collection route but 200 calories in a pint of beer and 956 in a chip cob (I've looked it up) and for those who have 2 cobs!!!!! Somebody's helping themselves to the whole tray next to Mark.
Did Frances really get this dress from the Charity shop? Why shop anywhere else
Who let this children's entertainer in? Apparently his name is Crabby and is very good at juggling, spinning many plates and keeping everybody happy (2 out of 3 isn't bad).
Three guests who were clearly getting into the spirit of the Party. (If anyone can supply names I will gladly add them to the Blog).
Cathy and Cathryn certainly lit up the room in their matching dresses. This was our Preloved Xmas Party which we held to raise funds for Beaumond House. The idea, instigated by John Horsfall (have to mention him early or else he'll have a sulk), was to attend the Party in clothes or items bought from the Beaumont House Charity shop, the results of which will be seen shortly. These two wonderful ladies who both work for the charity, helped us to organise it and even attended many our our wine driven planning meetings.
The event was held at the Rodney and many thanks to Neil, the landlord, for not charging for the room and providing refreshments/food at incredibly generous rates allowing us to donate even more to the charity. Over 60 attended and there are little hints of what was to come - Mike Broadley in his flat cap and Peter with a tea cosy on his head
Compulsory picture of our President with Marion who got into a scoring feud with Paul later in the evening. Of course our President has to "hob nob" with aristocracy (lady Starkey on his left) - not sure what she's wearing in place of a tiara - open to suggestions!!
Remember all, or at least most, of the clothes you see in the following photos have been purchased from the charity shop. Mike, Anne, Paul and Sheila all looking far too smart. Mike's outfit seems to have come straight out of his own wardrobe and I've seldom seen Paul looking so dapper. They need to get to the charity shop more often.
Competition for the best dressed male. Verdun looking like the local squire (managed to auction his staff later in the proceedings), John trying to go back to his youth with his braces and short tie, dapper Paul with jacket casually slung over shoulder, Mike last of the Summer Wine Broadley, Fozzie looking incredibly smart until we get down to the corduroy trousers, not sure who was next (quite happy to edit if get informed), then Martin dressed far too smartly for any Lions Do, Ian - well what can I say - a real mix of styles (delete the word style) just a mix with a truckle on his head. Again not sure who's at the end of the line. Verdun won this category although I gather he's decided to keep his outfit whereas most of us have already taken ours back to Beaumond's.
Request - need pictures of the ladies who entered Best Dressed - which Sheila won.
Kathy and her friend Elaine who travelled down from 'The North' just to be at our Party. Kath kept appearing in different outfits, according to John she spent nearly £200 on clothes from BH but it was well worth it especially those pyjamas she wore at the end.
Tony did a great job as the compere for the night particularly as the whole thing was going to be an unknown quantity. But it flowed along with barely a hitch. Clearly though he made sure that he could be seen, anyone prone to migraines was asked to avert their gaze. Gill glittered but she might not be so pleased when she finds out that Tony has now found an excellent shop for all of her future presents.
Unexpected guests who took far too long getting ready. Georgina, Tonia, Joanna and at the end Roxy.
The only one I'm really worried about is Joanna, she looks far too attractive and comfortable in a well groomed wig. Tonia should really have had a shave although we did have keep pushing his copious back hair back inside his dress before the parade. Georgina's legs were were far too smooth to be natural and what can we say about Roxy she's even got her sash upside down. But looking red hot in her snowman dress which the other three ladies had to squeeze her into.
The final category was 'Novelty' which I thought I'd got sown up with my RAF fancy dress jacket but then out comes Ian in a genuine Clown outfit bought from the charity shop. Showstopper!!! Even Kath was put into the shade.
A fitting picture to finish with unless Lions have got others I can use, especially of the ladies' line up. It is so fitting that our ever smiling, optimistic and cheerful Ian should win 'The Best of the Best'. He obviously has another persona which I think we need to encourage. Wish he'd wiped away that big red bogey though.
However the whole night raised about £1200 for Beamond House - WELL DONE EVERBODY!
The ladies are hard at work preparing the afternoon tea...
...meanwhile the Lions were hard at work doing what they do best!
The float is ready to go, escorted by these fine Elves. Fozzie is clearly the bouncer, Ian is chief Elf (the only one with a proper outfit) although Barry has tried hard with his red trousers. What's another name for Santa's helpers - Subordinate Clauses!!
That's it we've had enough!!! 'See you next year"
Next event is our collaboration with Beaumond House - the Pre-loved Christmas party!
You'll recognise me as the good-looking guy on the left of the picture.
These guys certainly worked their way through 20Ks each...well done to you all
... however Barry was 'only there 'for the ride' and this was
simply a place to rest after all the proper cyclists had finished!
No sweat, Barry!