LETTER FROM EDITOR, Mandy Oxlade Dear Friends
I hope you are all keeping well and the winter has not been too unkind to you all. So what have we all been up to? The club’s sports section finished on a real high when three of our member where recognised at the South Bucks Sports Awards which took place on 29th November. Plans are well under way for the club’s 50th party which is to be held on Saturday 16th April in the main hall at Stoke Mandeville Community Centre. Plans are also underway for this year’s Annual Sports Day which will take place on Saturday 18th June. With the ever changing world that we live in and the fact that the club is now publishing the newsletters on line please can I ask where possible that any articles be sent via email. I would also like to advise that any articles that reach me after the closing date may be rolled forward onto the next edition. Please remember that this is your newsletter so if you have anything that you would like to be included, please let us know. We aim to include a mixture of different material however we need your help. PLEASE NOTE THAT THE CLOSING DATE FOR THE NEXT EDITION WILL BE THURDAY 5TH MAY. Items can be sent to the following addresses: Mandy Oxlade 16 Barbel Close Earley READING RG6 1AQ
Chris Brown 33 Whaddon Chase AYLESBURY BUCKS HP19 9QW
Christmas Card Donations Many thanks to everyone who donated money in lieu of Christmas cards. A donation of over £80 was given to the club. This seemed to be a popular idea and hopefully next year it can be organised earlier in the year so more people get to know about it. Sorry to the members who did not know about it. I was only going to do it myself but once the idea was heard of, other people wanted to join in. As I had only typed the article a week before the newsletter deadline it was a bit late to add any more names. Diane White ***** A DAY IN THE LIFE OF DIANE WHITE THURSDAY FEBRUARY 3rd CLUB SOCIAL 9.00. AM
Look at calendar, busy day CLUB SOCIAL at 7.30.pm?
Back home from appointment CLUB SOCIAL later- I will go to that. Sat down for a little rest. Feel tired, it’s cold, I’ve got a headache. Shall I give CLUB SOCIAL a miss? Feel bit tempted to stay at home, but a lot of work goes into organising the CLUB SOCIAL! Get in car to drive to CLUB SOCIAL. Arrive at CLUB SOCIAL. Joined in photo quiz, very amusing and good fun. Did 2nd general knowledge quiz, “my brain hurts”! Had a good chat. Glad I went to CLUB SOCIAL.
6.45. PM 7.30. PM
Lesson Learnt: It is worth making an effort if you can, to go to the club socials. Diane White
THANK YOU TO ALL THE MEMBERS AT AADC Thank you for the memories of times together. I will always be amazed at the sports that you do. The commitment and the support you give each other both the sports and non sports people. I wish you all the very best for this year and for the future. I’m sure Mandy will keep in touch with me and what you guys are getting up to. Rose Woodman
MEMBERSHIP RENEWALS THIS A REMINDER TO ALL CLUB MEMBERS THAT CLUB FEES ARE NOW DUE AND NEED TO BE PAID BY: 1ST APRIL 2011 SINGLE MEMBERSHIP £12.00 DOUBLE MEMBERSHIP £20.00 (BROTHER/SISTER, HUSBAND/WIFE)
FAMILY MEMBERSHIP £30.00 PLEASE SEE VIVIEN BARRETT ON CLUB NIGHTS OR YOU CAN SEND A CHEQUE (MADE OUT TO A.A.D.C.) TO: VIVIEN BARRETT 2 CHURCH STREET WING NR LEIGHTON BUZZARD BEDS LU7 0NY
WELFARE NEWS Get well wishes go to all members who have been unwell. We would also like to wish the members who have recently had surgery a speedy recovery and hope to see them back with us some time soon.
THANK YOU I would like to thank everyone from the club for my Get Well card after my recent surgery. I really appreciated all your best wishes. I am beginning to feel better now and hope to join you for swimming and socials soon. Best Wishes Liz Reeves
IAN GRAY Pat Gray has asked me to pass her thanks to all club members for the card and support received after the death of her husband Ian. *****
Sue Golding became a grandmother in January to a lovely little boy, Dexter. Jeanne Wares, second great grandchild, Riley was born on January 9th. Congratulations to both families
A Pleasant Surprise 2010 has been a busy year again for me. I get great pleasure helping at the club and attending our monthly socials and sports games throughout the region and also organising our own games which is held in June. I would like the time to help out at swimming but unfortunately on most Wednesday nights I am playing table tennis in the local Aylesbury league. In October Chris Brown and I put together nominations (for our club) for sporting achievements for 2009-10 to the Aylesbury Vale South Sports Council. My wife Diane also nominated myself for the “Outstanding Contribution to Sport – in a non-playing capacity” (She saw the forms in the local Bucks Herald). What a surprise it was for Chris Brown to receive a letter back stating that I had actually won the award just mentioned and on top of this Mandy Oxlade won the award for Adult Female and Michael Everest won the Adult Male Award. We were invited to receive our trophies at the Annual Award Ceremony held at Aylesbury Rugby Club on the evening of Monday 29th November 2010. They were presented by the Chairman of the Bucks & Milton Keynes Sports Board who was the guest speaker for the evening. There was also a small buffet afterwards. This was indeed a pleasant surprise to end the year on. Please see the photo below of the three of us with our trophies. Steve Everest.
The only bright sunny day in January! On Sunday 9th January, my younger daughter got married. The week leading up to the big day had miserable weather each day and it was cold! Very cold! The idea of the bride and bridesmaids in low cut dresses gave me goose bumps and I wasnâ€™t even going to be affected! I chose a dress and jacket in very pale pink with matching shoes, gloves and handbag and I even bought a new toning coat in case the weather demanded I wear one. (I had to look reasonably smart as I was giving Caroline away, in church.) The day dawned with beautiful blue skies; chilly yes, but dry and crisp. For January, it couldnâ€™t have been more perfect. My elder daughter Laura was of course one of the many bridesmaids and it was a treat for me to see her in a dress as she lives in trousers the whole time. The day went off perfectly, about 130 of us at the church and sitting down for the wedding breakfast, with a further 100 guests joining us for the evening. I may be biased, but Caroline looked beautiful as did the bridesmaids. The food was a sumptuous delight and the setting was magical. Lin Smith.
AGM News from the secretary To those of you who could not make it to the AGM, the main news is that your new committee remains very similar to last year. Roy Carter remains our Chairman, Mike King, our Vice-Chairman, Steve Everest our treasurer, and I am continuing as Secretary. Michael Everest, Sarah Bleasdale and Derek Rolfe are no longer on the committee but we welcome our new committee member, Diane White. Vivien Barrett, Robert Bleasdale, Chris Brown, Mandy Oxlade and Jeanne Ware also remain committee members. Once again, Cllr Freda Roberts MBE was unanimously voted to remain our President and Derek Rolfe was welcomed as Vice-president. The Mike Downey Memorial Cup for service to the club was won by Jim and the Rose Bowl for personal achievement went to Diane White. Congratulations to them both. Pictures and further news will be published in the next newsletter, including details of who will be Welfare Secretary and Sports Secretary for the coming 12 months. Meanwhile, if anyone knows of a club member who is unwell, please contact Roy or myself, so that a card can be sent. Many thanks. Lin Smith.