A message from John Charter
Another great luncheon/meeting last Monday was had by all who attended.
After a marvellous total of 102 ARROWS who had signed on, we attracted an overall of 91 including 9 Virgins.
A fantastic result and a big thank you all for attending our January Shire lunch.
I must explain to all about the last minute change of venue.
The Bizzos that had been booked 2 months prior and after Ian Clifton and I spoke on numerous occasions with the chef and had agreed on the food, when we arrived at 10.30am that morning there was only 2 employees in the club and both knew nothing of our booking - oh oh!
We got the chef on the phone and he told us that we had booked it for the following Friday and there was NO WAY he could get there and supply us with food…….
Panic you say? This is the second year we’ve been stuffed around by the Bizzos.
Ian immediately set off to the Caringbah Tradies Club which was thankfully just around the corner while I called Rockdale RSL. Both clubs agreed to take us but we decided on the Tradies as it was closer and as it turned out an even better venue than the Bizzos. Ian stayed at the Bizzos front door and directed everybody to the Tradies. The only person to miss out was Frank McQuade who miss-read the sign that I had left on the club’s door and went to the Tradies at Gymea.
Unfortunately we couldn’t take a group photo at the end as the tables and chairs were too closely aligned with no place to move them to, the ceiling was also too low to stack us all up. There would have been other places in the club to work on but time beat us.
Only down side was the food. As they don’t have a kitchen the food had to be brought in from the main Tradies club in Gymea, but at such short notice they did a great job.
Virgins on the day:
Ruth Marks - group the Cherrytones from early Bandstand
Charlie Smith – Maori Premiers - great stories
Norma Shirlee - Saturday Date with Jimmy Hannan, Comedy Capers with Desmond Tester
Ron Fabri - got a standing ovation
Dave Burke Told a very funny story about his band in the UK and the Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts
Rick Martin - more great stories
Dave Williamson - drummer from NZ
Geoff Jones - lots of good stories
Bruce Fielding (eligibility to be considered)
Big thanks again to:
Alan Dale who told us about the original Houserockers from 1956
Ian Clifton, (who actually saved the day)
Sandra Erdman who took lots of photos.
On leaving the Tradies club I spoke with the manager regarding next year. He’s delightfully happy to have us again but the drawback is again ‘the
Food’. He explained that it has to be brought in from Gymea, I mean the price was OK but I’m not sure we were all happy with just sandwiches???
The price they wanted to charge us at the start was $18.00 for pies and sausage rolls which I immediately rejected, so we got sandwiches. So if we go back there next year
it’ll be the same set-up.
There is a formal Asian restaurant upstairs but he tells me I’d have to guarantee at least 100 people to bring their staff in and it would be expensive as well.
So here is a cue for everyone - Give us some suggestions for a venue in the Shire for next year.
Keep in mind we need to be close to a train station, and be big enough to hold 100 people. Clubs we’ve ruled out are; Sutherland United Services at Sutherland Station –
Club Central at Hurstville – Each Monday there’s bingo in the lounge.
But these venues could be worth investigating:
Tradies at Gymea - one block up hill walk from station
The pub at Como is a bit of a walk down hill from the station
Penshurst Rsl about 2 level blocks from the station
Please can you spare some time to give me your feedback as better is good
Pictures below by: Noel Clarke
|Eddy Gobby & Di Georgeson
||Barbara Rogers & Dave Burke
||Trevor Horsley, Linton Tinkler
& Morrie Muller
|Lonnie Lee, George Payne
& Ken Kitching
|Reg Townsend, Ian Clifton
& Alan Townsend
|Roland Storm, Toni Stevens
& Barbara Rogers
|Mary Schnieder & Barbara Charter
||Mike Kelly, Eddy Gobby, Norma Shellee, David Martin
& Roland Storm
|Alan Townsend & John Charter
||Shelly with Frankie Davidson
|Leon Isakson & Alan Dale
||Lonnie Lee, Morrie Muller
& Darby Wilson
||Barbara Rogers & Reg Townsend
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