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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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Ready Steady Cook

Rotary Club of the Brickhills empty plates tell the storySomething was funny, I hope it was not the food.We met at Ali and Grahams for some serious cooking and competition. Ali split us into 3 teams, the start, the main course and the pudding. There was a selection of ingredients on the table that we could select from and then we went into corners to discuss what delights we were going to cook up.

Phil and Karen went first wand served us stuffed peppers with rice, mushrooms, cheese and chilli. They all went and everyone appreciated and enjoyed them. Nigel and Elizabeth came next and cooke
d up Italian Shepherds pie with beef, pork mushrooms and sliced new potato crust. It was served with tarragon cauliflower and green beans. The evidence is on the left in the photo..all gone!

Lesley lead the pudding crew of Andy and Emma and served up delightful strawberry tartlets with creme frache and chocolate. Absolutely yummy and we declared the winning dish of the night. Well done all. However, Toby came very close to winning with his scrumptious mallow and strawberry kebabs. A chef in the making, keep up the good works Toby.

MK Lightening game

After our active morning we rounded the day off with a trip to see MK Lightening Ice Hockey team play Basingstoke Bisons.

Sadly the end result was 3 - 6 to Basingstoke, but we saw an exciting end to end game, with an early break as a result of a broken door after a particularly hard crash by some of the players as well as plenty of time spent in the sin bin by the players.

We're now rather intrigued how 60 minutes of playing time spreads out over 2 1/2 hours, and we're planning to find out a little more about the rules before we watch another game so we can understand better.


winner Martin from the Rotary Club of the Brickhills Rotary Club of the Brickhills  and the Orienteering group

Great way to start a sunday morning with a brisk walk around Woughton Park  Organisided by South Midlands Orienteering Club ( SMOC) We elected to Amble around the 2.7km course we were given a mapwith the control points clearly marked. Armed with our Pin Punch we set off against the clock.

Martin Arnold decided to run the course  eventually paying off as Martin came in first with a time of 19 minutes 25 seconds , followed by Stephen and Elizabeth in 5th place with a time of 23 minutes 25 seconds with Toby and Ali Lagging behind in 9th position with a time of 42minutes 55 seconds clearly taking in scenic route and the fresh air and possibly gassing with the Sinfields. Thoroughly enjoyed by everyone .

The next organised event is scheduled for March 20th 201at Shenley Wood.Recommended for all the family.

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Walk along the canal at Stoke Bruerne

  The club walking and chattingThe Brickhills group of walkers along the canalSunday in March, spring is definitely on its way, some blossom is out, the birds are singing loudly and the ducks swans and geese on the canal were certainly frisky. So we decided to try out our walking legs after a winters rest.

A good walk along the canal from Stoke Bruerne a few miles along the tow path, over a bridge and back the other side for a good Sunday lunch in The Boat back in Stoke Bruerne. Four groups plus some family members and Grace the dog who in spite of her tiny size ran tirelessly all the way. The rain held off and we shrugged off a cold wind to earn our lunch. We were joined at lunch by Helen and family who could not make the walk.

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A Win for the MK Dons

We watched the Dons win

It was a day that started very wet and blustery but by the time we all arrived at the Stadium MK the clouds had moved away and the sun had come out. A fitting outlook for a lovely afternoon. The Dons were playing top of the league Brighton and it was a thrilling match, made better by the only goal from the Dons.

A very good win and a lovely afternoon with friends. I must say though, we were very grateful for Daniel's knowledge of the offside rule amongst others.

Barn Dance

the backs of the  dancersWaiting to start dancing at the fund-raising barn dance

It was the end of a busy day as we had already been to see the MK Dons win against Brighton that afternoon. Seven of us joined MK Grand Union Rotary club dancing in a pretend barn in the Oakgrove School hall. Good music, great energy and lots of good fellowship was had by all and I hope they raised lost for the air ambulance in Buckinghamshire, which is a really good cause.

I was one was exhausted as we had cycled over the MK stadium in the afternoon so lots of dancing later on wore me out. Lovely pizza from Dominos with salad and fab puddings reinforced new energy levels.Slept really well that night!!

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