THE Summer Newsletter – August 2018 Dear Fellow Members, Welcome to the Summer Newsletter – A new format for this one due to slight technical difficulties!

First of all, an apology. In the Spring Newsletter I reported that our Club would be celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. Unfortunately that is not quite right – it is our 30th year. Many thanks to Geoff Green for pointing this out to me. So now I know that at least one person reads these newsletters I will continue to produce them. However I make no apology for repeating that YOUR CLUB NEEDS YOU! We currently have no Vice-Chairman (which means we will not have a Chairman next year!) or Secretary and I would ideally like to find a budding Treasurer to replace me at the end of this year. If you would like to help with any of these roles or just want to know a little more about them then please let Angus or me know.
Members Matters
Saturday 16th June saw The Warlingham Fair at Blanchmans Farm. A number of our Club members were involved in the Fair in a multitude of roles, marshalling the parade, running stalls, catering or helping with the setting up and dismantling of the various marquees, fences and barriers. Tony and Robyn provided much needed refreshments for those of us preparing the site on the Friday, Mike Smith, Sandra Carpenter and I worked as parade marshalls and Angus was everywhere. Jeremy Pursehouse played his practiced role of MC for the day and I expect had a very dry throat the next day. Warlingham Events provided a very popular high quality burger bar – “Not Donalds” and Robyn and Alain spent a shift or two chopping onions and preparing hot dogs and burgers. At their peak they helped Head Chef Brett serve 520 burgers and sausages in two and a half hours – that’s 3.4 burgers per minute which is fast food indeed! In addition Robyn also manned my charity stall early in the morning while I was marshalling. With her help and that of Sandra Carpenter and Mick Mordecai I ran a charity stall to raise funds for and raise awareness of The Multiple System Atrophy Trust. MSA is a degenerative brain disease, not unlike the more commonly known Parkinsons Disease. I have taken the liberty of attaching an MSA leaflet for those of you who would like to learn more.
Monthly Lunches
As you know we do have to notify the golf club well in advance of the numbers attending our monthly lunches so please respond quickly to the requests from the Lunch Cascade Team Leaders who will normally contact you about a week before each lunch. The monthly menus for the year have been agreed with the Golf Club and the price we pay reflects this single menu option. However if notified in advance (through the cascade system) the Chef can provide a single alternative of a plain omelette and chips. Please do not approach the Golf Club direct with late or alternative requests, as this only causes confusion. Any lunch issues should be raised with your Lunch Cascade Team Leader or a Committee Member. Guests are always welcome but please order their lunches through your Cascade Team Leader and ensure your guests are aware that only the fixed menu will be available. There have been some recent changes to the Lunch Cascade and details of the current Cascade Leaders are attached. The Committee will, later in the year discuss the menus for 2019 so it would be helpful if you could let us know which of this year’s menus you particularly liked or disliked. We know it is almost impossible to please everyone but we will do our best to continue to provide popular dishes at a reasonable cost.
Club Events 2018 sees the 30th anniversary of the Club. The Committee are thinking of combining suitable celebrations with our Christmas Lunch on 5th December. If you have any suggestions of how we can mark this anniversary then please have a chat with any Committee Member. If you would like to contribute towards the cost of our Christmas entertainment then please feel free to do so. I will redecorate last year’s Pringles tin with better quality Christmas paper and bring it along to the September lunch. 5 Here are the provisional details of our upcoming events, speakers and menus for 2018. Wednesday 26th September Speaker: Richard Bennett- BGL Wealth Creamy garlic mushroom ciabatta with rocket salad Pan fried Seabass, sauce vierge, crushed new potatoes & vegetables Lemon tart Wednesday 3rd October Art Tour Outing to London Mansion House Wednesday 24th October Speaker: James Buttress, Head of Royal Parks & a notable garden judge – 65 years in horticulture Broccoli & Stilton soup with herby croutons Turkey, ham & leek pie with cheesy mash & vegetables Plum & apple crumble with custard Wednesday 21th November (Please note the date change) Speaker: Jenny Deeprose & Richard Bransby – Cheese & Wine Tasting Tomato & Basil Soup Toad in the Hole Wednesday 5th December CHRISTMAS LUNCH & 30th Anniversary Celebrations (Details to be confirmed) I am sure you would find this newsletter more interesting if you were not just hearing from me and I really would welcome any or all suggestions for future editions . Please do not hesitate to let me have any articles or photos that you think would be of interest to your fellow club members. See you all soon Bob B