|This is not one if Nigel's but you get the gist!|
Best Wishes Everyone for a Great 2016
The change of venue was in response to the committee’s decision to seek an alternative to the hotel that has served us well over the last few years, but their requirement for the booking to be confirmed by payment of a deposit early in the year, was considered too inflexible. As it turned out, the venue suggested by Dave Housley and procured by Kim Hyde was indeed excellent. The ambiance was light and festive, the food was extremely tasty, generous and piping hot (those who had the soup will no doubt testify!), and the cost per head great value for money for such an event. From what was picked up on the grapevine during the evening, there are no plans to look elsewhere for 2016.
It was truly memorable to experience the gravitas afforded by some of the club grandees, in very smart black tie, with their partners looking equally glamorous for the occasion. This is not to suggest that moments of frivolity were absent, in fact there was a spontaneous(?) musical tribute to Malcolm and Pauline Champion, led by the Ian Thomas / Marie Adams table. Their waitress must also have been named Caroline, as a diamond musical demand for the third course also erupted at one point.
|"Enthusiast of the Year awarded to Dave & Kim Hyde"|
The final chairman's award of the night is perhaps the most eagerly anticipated and coveted, which this year was particularly well deserved, but certainly took the recipient by surprise, as Ian commented when confirming that "the award for Malcolm Selley, is ''Clubman of the Year'' and is awarded to the club member who has contributed most to the development and organisation of the club". Very well done and sincere thanks to Malcolm.
|Ian Nisbet presents the top award to a shocked Malcom Selley|
As an extra twist, and one that had been a well kept secret from the chairman since it's inception on 1st August, a Special award was made by our vice-chairman Alan Jones to Ian Nisbet himself!
|Ian clearly doesn't know what's happening as Alan makes the presentation!|
At the Lions Vintage Fayre in Porthcawl it was suggested to a random group of committee members who happened to be in the same place at the same time, that the chairman is notionally excluded from receiving an award, as these are in his own gift to award.
The idea soon developed into that of a 'one-off' award to Ian, in recognition of the tireless work he has done towards improving both the profile and status of the club, largely behind the scenes.
|"SWCCC Special Recognition Award" to Ian Nisbet|
We hope the mounted and framed photograph, with a plaque stating: "SWCCC Special Recognition Award" will soon find itself on the wall in Ian's study, so he can be regularly be reminded of the esteem with which he is held in the club.
|Just call me 'Raffles'|
|Mel O' it isn't!|