My name is Graham New and I have the privilege of being President of the Club in 2018.
The members of the Club allow me to nominate a charity for the coming season and this year I hope they will allow me to divide any funds that we raise between Prostate Cancer UK and the Ukulele Kids Club. (the latter provides a ukulele to children who are in long term hospital care to help with their music therapy).
Branksome Park is one of the best supported clubs in the area and I believe that this is due to the enthusiasm, dedication and generosity of its members.
Good Luck to all our members in the coming season.
Cliff Cover is the organiser for arranging all the Social events.
Most Social events are held on a Friday at the Clubhouse, ending with the Carols' evening in December.
The Social committee consisting of our President Monica Arkley, Jen Cookson, Gill Moxom, Bobbie Cover, Terri Milton, Liz Frew, Roy Trayler and of course Cliff will do their best to entertain you throughout the year. Please remember that we are always ready to listen for any new ideas.
Roger Parnell is the organiser for the golf society which meets monthly outside of the Bowling Season. The Society visits many of local Golf Clubs for friendly but competitive golf.
A Woodstock Revival evening was held to mark the 49th year since the original event as peace descended on Branksome .
As they say. "if you were there you can't remember it", so this time around the only smell in the air was the waft of eau-de-cologne.
A Hippy Punch was ladled out on arrival with a sumptuous retro buffet to provide sustenance.
As for the quiz, true to form we couldn't remember many of the dates of the momentous events that occurred during the 60s, most of us were too busy enjoying ourselves!
Many thanks to all the organisers and helpers during the evening.
It is never too late to learn!
Many of our members attended the recent coaching day always willing to add that something extra to their game.
It's always easier to enjoy the game when you are winning!
Death in the Ring
The clubhouse was enveloped in underhanded skulduggery and intrigue as we held our first murder mystery.
Fortified by a delicious supper of Chilli con Carne followed by apple tarte and crème fraiche not to mention a lubrication of wine our sleuths were set the task:
Who killed 'Slippery Sid' the escapologist and knife thrower?
Was it Roger the Ringmaster owner of the circus, Anna Conda the bearded lady and snake charmer, Buster Gutt the Circus Strongman high on steroids, Raisa Legova the enigmatic Russian Trapeze Artiste, Wanda Lust who was Sid's latest conquest, or perhaps Sven Garlic and Benny the Swedish ventriloquist.
Fortunately amid reams of paper and clues and plenty of red herrings a winning team solved the mystery and carted off the wine.
Will Inspector Hugh Dunnit need to make a return visit?
The 'Spoons' games this year have been ably organised by Margaret Jones.
These are friendly but competitive games as there is the chance to win a Club 'Spoon' or a bottle of wine. They have been played mostly on a Friday afternoon and are open to all players.
The picture shows Dave Banks after being presented with the cup and bottle of champagne by our Sponsor Mel Luter as the overall winner for the season.
Austerity was not in evidence at this year's themed evening as we tried to re-live the good parts of the 1940's.
Ration books and waist lines were forgotten as we dined and wined 'late' (for us) into the evening accompanied by the voices of Vera Lynn and Gracie Fields.
The catering volunteers were up to their usual high standards providing us with a meal of ample portions of Cottage Pie and veg. followed equally large helpings of Apple Pie and Custard.
Following the meal, members of the social performed memorable? sketches and monologues as well as a session of Bingo. The evening was rounded off with a rousing chorus of community singing. Those white cliffs will never be the same again!