Social Event Reports

2014 New Year's Party

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.

2014 St George's Night

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

2014 Children's Easter Party

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

2014 Sprat Supper

Over 100 people attended the Sprat Supper on what turned out to be one of the worst nights for weather this winter!  There was a great atmosphere, added to by the threat of possible evacuation during the evening after a visit from the Police before we had even sat down. We were advised to leave the building by 10pm due to the threat of a tidal surge that was expected on the high tide at 11pm, and the car park was expected to flood, so we quickly got down to the serious business of eating Sprats ably cooked by Patrick with the help of Elaine and the team!

A total of 34 raffle prizes, generously donated by local businesses, raised the grand total of £955 which was divided equally between the 3 charities, Seafarers UK, RNLI and Oakhaven Hospice.

Thank you to Viv Robins and everyone who contributed to a very successful evening.

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