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IF YOU ARE NOT YET RECEIVING YOUR POLICE PENSION OR ARE JOINING A BRANCH OUTSIDE YOUR FORMER FORCE AREA, PROOF OF YOUR POLICE SERVICE WILL BE VERY HELPFUL AND SHOULD BE INCLUDED IN THE APPLICATION TO BRANCH SECRETARIES.
Just a reminder that those of you wanting to have the "All you can eat" curry option for this evening should try to arrive for around 6pm - 615pm to have your meal before the skittles start. Traditionally we have always stopped for our meal to be served for around 8pm and that then limits the time that the curry option remains available to serve yourselves. Those of you who have selected a bar meal will be able to have their meal during the break in the skittles if you want to do so.
I am trying to arrange a return visit to the RNLI College at Poole on MONDAY 21st MAY 2018. The college now build their own boats on site and have a simulator room allowing you to experience what it is like to be the Coxswain of a lifeboat as well as a large indoor pool where they can simulate many types of weather conditions for training crew etc. The tour will start at 11am and last around 90 minutes and will entail walking. Following this I would suggest we visit Poole Quay for lunch. (There is a very good Wetherspoons for a reasonable lunch at a good price) There will be the opportunity to walk into the shopping area for a bit of retail therapy or husbands can watch the sport on the large screen with an additional pint!!!
We would depart Poole around 4.30pm to begin our journey home.
We have had a previous visit to this college and it was voted as a great success so I have no hesitation in recommending it as a good day out for you.
I URGENTLY NEED TO COLLATE NUMBERS WANTING TO ATTEND BEFORE WE MAKE A FINANCIAL COMMITTMENT TO HIRING A COACH. I ANTICIPATE THE COST WILL BE AROUND Â£20 PER PERSON TO COVER THE COST OF COACH HIRE AND Â£7.50p TOUR COST.
I WILL NEED YOUR RESPONSES TO ME, BY E MAIL OR TELEPHONE, BY FRIDAY 27th APRIL 2018 PLEASE, TO SEE IF THIS TRIP IS POSSIBLE TO RUN.
Finally, and this is an important request, we have a Member who is without transport and is very keen to attend both the skittles evening and the Droxford lunch. He is resident in central Portsmouth and is willing to get public transport to a mutually agreed meeting point if anybody can assist in transporting him to one or both of the functions. Please contact me if you can help in any way and thank you in advance of your help.
Mike Haycocks Social Secretary
Photographs from the Rolls Royce Experience with High Tea very kindly donated by Colin Barrell and what a lovely chap and good company he is! A successful bid at O Sole Mio for the Rocky Appeal led to the most enjoyable afternoon one could imagine. A trip over the downs around Hampshire and into West Sussex in a beautiful 1932 Rolls Royce, Champagne in the countryside and High Tea at the lovely Langrish House near Petersfield; who could possibly ask for more? Joyce Taylor treated her grandsons to a trip in a Mustang around the Goodwood Race Track and they loved every minute of it! All this courtesy of Colin. A little bird tells me that these trips will be on offer at the next O Sole Mio fund raiser so why not treat yourself?
We are presently exploring the facilities offered by the above club for our use in further social functions and skittles evenings. More information when we have it.
Our next meeting is on the 9th May 2018 at the White Horse Pub Droxford.
Our host Shekhar is anxious to ensure we enjoy the most comfortable arrangements and is aware that recently with high numbers and limited seating space we may have been cramped with our eating arrangements. Those attending recently will have noted that he has been refurbishing the whole premises.
Regretfully the back bar now has a full size pool table installed and it is not possible to move this each time we attend for lunch. Conditions for service and transporting of food from the kitchen is also difficult for the staff to implement.
I have agreed with Shekhar that if we have high numbers at future lunches we shall set up some additional tables in the front bar to accommodate the extra people attending. Those of you who have been attending for some time will recall that this arrangement has been used in the past when a table was set up in the front bay window and seemed to work well. He has also suggested, that if we have over 15 persons wanting to have curry for lunch, he would set up a buffet bar for the curries and people can help themselves to their meals allowing them to select their own size of meal and thereby cutting down on the time you wait to be served. I will stress that this arrangement will only be implemented when sufficient numbers of people select a curry for their main course.
I am certain that these arrangements will not impact at all on the enjoyment of attending and socialising at these events and it is evident that many people now arrive around 1130 hours to have a drink and a chat with their friends before sitting down for lunch. I will remind you that he is also continuing to supply us with a reduced price for tea and coffee after the meal.
Names of those persons wishing to attend the forthcoming lunch, together with the number of places required and your lunch choice, should be forwarded to firstname.lastname@example.org by SUNDAY 6th MAY 2018.
Pappadums with a selection of dips
Hot or Mild Chicken curry
Mild Vegetable curry
BBQ Chicken Melt topped with cheese and bacon and served with chips
Grilled chicken salad served with vegetables
Minted Lamb or Rosemary Shank served with vegetables or chips
Beer battered cod chips and peas
Scampi chips and peas
Crispy whitebait served with chips and peas
Omelette chips and peas
Fruit crumble served with cream or custard
Fay, Mike Harland, Cheryl and Paul Donnellan
The famous radiator and the Spirit of Ecstasy
Colin pours the Champagne into crystal glasses
Colin and his beloved Rolls