Chairman’s Log July 2023

Since the March newsletter we have enjoyed five events, these being:

Sounds of the 60s Live with Tony Blackburn at the New Victoria Theatre, Woking Tues 28th March and Dinner at Bacaro restaurant. Feedback on the show was that it was well presented by Tony Blackburn and the two singers gave a very good performance of all those ‘60s tunes.

The Fitting Out Lunch at Glenmore House on 2nd April was enjoyed by 35 club members and 12 guests. The buffet food was excellent and a convivial time was had by all.

Fourteen of us enjoyed an interesting visit to “The Spike”, being the Guildford Union Workhouse and this is the letter of thanks sent to our host, John Redpath:

Thank you for the excellent and comprehensive guided tour that you conducted for 13 of our members yesterday. A special thank you as well for kindly walking four of the “early birds” around the site of the original workhouse. It was particularly interesting to see some of the 19th century buildings that remain to this day. All our members who came on the tour agreed that it was a very enjoyable worthwhile and enlightening visit.

On 7th to 9th June twenty six of us spent a very pleasant three days and two nights based at Heythropp House, a rather grand country house / stately home  in the Cotswolds. Many visits were made to the nearby picturesque and charming villages and the two evenings were capped off with Ed Sheeran and Annie Lennox tribute singers.

Then on Sunday 25th June we had the Jazz Brunch at Mark and Jackie’s, Little Compton when we were blessed with a lovely sunny day and cooling breeze. There were 50 of us and it was nice that Gordon was able to join us assisted to the venue by Wendy and Ian. It was also good to see Dusty and Mary whom we hadn’t seen since before Covid. Our thanks to Wendy and Ian, also to David and Jo for giving Dusty and Mary a lift home to the far reaches of Sussex. This event doesn’t take place without considerable effort and so more thanks are due to Jackie and Mark who were assisted by their guest William and to Janet for the setting up and taking down and to all those who stayed to help in the taking down all of which made for a smooth operation overall.

We are now looking forward to The Thames Cruise starting at Windsor on 10th July and finishing at Hurley on 13th. We are anticipating that 6 boats will take part for some or all of the cruise.

In recent years we have been supporting the 1st Stanwell Scout Group with our fundraising and in June Janet and I visited their Scout Hut during an open afternoon and were shown round the premises and adjacent grassed area by Alexia, a very polite and enthusiastic Young Leader. The Scout Group had set up some tents and pioneering lashings and poles to demonstrate some of the activities that they do. Their GSL Gary Rixon thanked TSCC for our continuing support which he said means a lot to them.

Sadly, on 27th March this year Jessie English passed away following a short illness. Her funeral at the South West Middlesex Crematorium was well attended by her friends from TSCC and Weybridge Mariners. Jessie was a popular member of TSCC and spent many happy times with her husband Gordon on their lovely boat, “GorJess”. Our thoughts are with Gordon.

Finally, a reminder to take photos on the subject “Happy Holidays, 2023” for the Photographic Competition for display at the Annual Dinner.

                                     George Barber