Yet again another calendar year comes to an end and it was celebrated with the annual Christmas dinner of the Probus Club of Basingstoke held at the Test Valley Golf Club on Wednesday 12 December 2018.
President Chris Perkins MVO with wife Carolyn welcomed each couple on arrival. Chris also gave a speech after the meal thanking all those involved in the preparation of the night’s activities and made special mention of the work that Alan and Liliane May had put in. They were not present this evening as they were away on a cruise but they had prepared everything in advance with the creation of all the printed matter needed. Where do they find all the quiz questions? And the individual place cards contained flags of nations all of which takes considerable research time and effort. Most importantly they liaised with the chef to ensure everyone received their particular meal selection – no mean feat.
David and Bridget Tivey once again organised the raffle which successfully netted £130 for the club funds.
Ladies resplendent in their finery and the men in black tie this is one of the two formal events of the year when the ladies are made welcome – the other being the Spring Ladies’ Lunch in May. There are, of course, many social occasions during the year that our wives/partners are encouraged to attend.