Last Christmas, the party was delayed until the following January by snow. The post-Christmas Christmas party appeared to meet with general approval as a time when everyone was a bit more relaxed and had time to enjoy the night without having to fit it in with the build up to Christmas and the pressure on spare time. With this in mind, the committee decided that the same format would work well this January swell. It was also decided to hold a Christmas do of some sort to finish off the club year properly. Mince pies and hot chestnuts with mulled wine would suit the bill a treat. So it was that December club night saw the setting up of a field kitchen in the car park. As always our chefly duo, Adrian and Rob took to the task with their customary enthusiasm with a capitol E.


We had a gazebo with Christmas lights around the top, a modified Bar-B-Q to cook the chestnuts on and Christmas songs playing out loud.   


John and Anita brought their campervan along to use the cooking facilities for our mince pies and mulled wine. What a busy car park we had. In fact when the music first started, the Dunvant manager came out to see what we were doing in his car park.


Everyone had a good pre-Christmas evening with the weather behaving enough not to interfere with the outdoor proceedings. Inside there were a couple of milestones to acknowledge for two of the members, who hadn’t got a clue to what was planned. I suspect they may not have turned up if they had got wind of the planned presentations.

John Dorney had been looking through some old SHVR magazines he had been given on the previous clubnight. From these magazines, he found out just how long Bill Radford has been selling raffle tickets every month to the members, raising funds for the club over 25 years! After informing the assembled crowd of this achievement, John presented Bill with a box of beers as a small token of appreciation for his work.


The second equally unexpected surprise of the night was a birthday cake, along with lit candles and cars in the snow, and a rousing chorus of ‘Happy Birthday’ from all in the room, to Dave Lloyd who was declared to be OLD, the true figure being withheld under the data protection act and due to the bribe offered to me by the birthday-boy.


A good night and a great way to end the club year. Thanks to everyone who helped out, cooked, warmed wine or joined in. We even had a visit from a small Santa to make sure we all enjoyed the evening’s party.