Social Event Reports

The club Burns’ Night Celebration took place on Friday 30th January this year. The Scottish theme was indicated by the Saltires on the walls and tables, as well as by the kilts and tartan sashes worn by some of the partygoers.

It was an evening that mixed the traditional theme with revolutionary new ideas, as Andrew Doig, our guest host for the evening, had abridged Tam O’Shanter. The Selkirk Grace was said before the haggis was paraded through the party by Patrick, who held it aloft on it’s platter for all to see. Andrew gave it a full bellied address, and there were audible gasps as he plunged the club’s dirk into the haggis and spilled it’s entrails upon the platter. Patrick had cooked a mighty beast for us to eat, with bashed neeps and champit tatties; along with fish for the more sleekit, cow’rin, tim’rous beasties who drew the line at haggis.

After supper and the immortal memory, Jim Sey gave the Toast to the Lassies. It a visually made sense to half the party, but (as a woman) I'm not sure he had got all his facts right. However Eileen Sey was able to redress the balance with her wonderful Reply for the Lassies, using wit and grace to explain how things really are. I'm sure Jim had a perfectly lovely night on his boat!

Tam O’Shanter, even in truncated form is a joy to hear spoken. But once the dancing started, even the most “honest men and bonie lasses” were turned into warlocks and witches by the strathspeys and reels. It wasn't auld Nick, but John Bell (who had taken charge of the AV for the night) who gave us the music, and we danced with “mettle in our heels”; which was why it was a miracle that there were no injuries reported on the night, even after Strip the Willow.

“But pleasures are like poppie spread, you seize the flow’r, it’s bloom is shed”, and all too soon it was time to leave. It was a great evening and as always it was thanks to Consuelo, Patrick and their teams for the food and drink, and Chris Barr and Mary Reay who looked after the organising. I look forward to next years with anticipation.

Clare Sleigh (with apologies to Robert Burns)

The best party of the year, LTSC’s New Year extravaganza, did not disappoint and all those who attended, welcomed 2015 in style.  Maggie & Brian Wheeler, together with John Bell added the wow factor which transformed the Solent Room.  A stylish silver curtain fringed the renowned “Goodfoot Band”, who quickly had members dancing the night away.  The five piece band entertained members with a range of instruments, including the lively female lead, who played the saxophone when she was not singing. Patrick and his team served a choice of traditional Scottish steak pie or salmon wellington, followed by a delicious sherry trifle.  To the chimes of midnight at the end of this truly memorable evening, cerise and silver balloons rained down from the ceiling as members sang Auld Lang Syne.

St George’s Day fell on Wednesday this year, but was celebrated on Friday 25th at the Club with a party in the Solent Room. It was behind the scenes that the hard work required to stage a successful event was evident, starting in the afternoon when the room was decorated ready for the party. Elaine and Consuelo worked a treat on the table arrangement and decorations with [obviously] red, white and blue being the theme. John Bell displayed the agility of a born sailor to balance atop the club step ladder, which rolled more than a yacht in a storm, and managed to hang the flags on walls and windows.

Sixty people sat down to supper and enjoyed an English menu cooked by Patrick and the team. They were joined by other members who were able to listen to live music played by The Hobos while enjoying a drink at the bar. This local folk band played brilliantly all night, singing and playing on guitar, banjo and fiddle. It was the perfect back ground to a relaxed and informal evening, where people could eat, drink and chat while listening to live music being performed to the highest standard. Thanks must go to Steve West who leads the band and gathered them together for the night’s performance.

There will be lots more live music at the LTSC in the next few months, so watch out for the posters and emails about upcoming events.

Clare Sleigh

The Club organised the usual Easter Egg Hunt for children on Easter Saturday.  Shiny, foil wrapped chocolate eggs were hidden among the dinghies for children up to the age of five, who hunted with the help of the adults. Pegs were ‘hidden’ amongst the boats on the lawn for older children to find, which they then traded for crème eggs. The Easter Bunny found that the nooks and crannies in the dinghy park were perfect hiding places, and some of the eggs will have evaded the eagle eyes of even the Mums, Dads and Grandparents, so there will be some left for dinghy sailors when the boats are sailed next.

After the eggs had been collected, some of the children went up to the Martineau Room where they could use the craft materials to make cards, decorated eggs or Easter models, and take them home.

Thanks must go to Carolyn Ingram for supervising the crafting and to Mary Reay for supervising the egg hunt.  Some of the children had also decorated Easter Eggs, which were displayed on a table in the Solent Room throughout the morning. The great chocolate eating festival had been celebrated in style at LTSC!

Clare Sleigh