As usual, our lady wives and partners eat in the same restaurant at the hotel Gran Sol. Today a total of 28 sat for lunch.
Burns night this year was celebrated in great style at member Tony Lewis’s house between Calpe and Moraira. It turns out that Tony and his wife, Suzi had a hotel in Devon before coming to Spain and have entertained celebrity guests in the past. Suzi is also an excellent cook and, as a result, the food, the attention to detail and the large selection of malt whiskies were all superb.
This is an annual event and they have previously visited Barcelona, Prague and other cities around Europe. They contacted Calpe 41 Club through their website with the invitation to meet. On arrival, Steve was presented with a very smar t tour shirt by Launceston Chairman David Robinson (see photo).
A NIGHT AT THE CHIPPY
Past Chairman, Malcolm organised our now traditional fish and chip night at David’s fish bar.
30 of us gathered for a taste of the old country, and Alec summarised the thanks of us all to Malcolm for his usual, laid back organisation.
A fun night.
BILLY BOULES TRIUMPH!
Well, OK, maybe “triumph” rather overstates the case!
We had a good turnout for our annual boules challenge against our neighbouring club, Costa Blanca 41 Club. We were saddened that only 2 couples from Costa Blanca came to challenge us, but they were the past chairman, Gordon, and the vice chairman, David, with their wives, Elaine and Lesley, and they gave it their all.
Based on average scores, Calpe just won! As scorer for the night, and a member of both clubs, I was entirely, scrupulously, fair. I ensured that the scores were all independently audited (by me) and checked (by me).
The event was perfectly organised by chairman, Steve, and following nearly two hours of chucking metal spheres about on the courts behind Villa Gadea, we retired to one of the chiringuitos on the beach below, where we ate well as the sun set in glorious colours.
Nearly 20 of us had a great evening of fun and fellowship, with just an edge of competition. After the meal, Steve announced that Marie and Kathy were the winning pair (you see, I told you that I was a fair scorer!)
Thank you Steve, and welcome back to Billy Boule’s Baby Brother (you had to be there!)
CHARTER ANNIVERSARY 2019
Our 13th Charter Anniversary was marked by another outstanding dinner at Restaurante Puerto Blanco, where Patrick and the team pulled out all the stops. Chairman Steve welcomed National President Andrew Mackereth and his wife, & Mildred.
After a cava reception by the pool our own Toast Master, Tony Lewis invited us all to take our places in the newly styled dining area, and announced the top table guests. Founding Chairman, Andrew Johnson said Grace, and the excellent food that followed was paired with excellent wines – matched by the usual exceptional service.
Steve responded with a tribute to 41 Club, UK and Ireland, and mentioned that in the club’s 13 year history we have been honoured to be visited by 12 National Presidents. He then proposed the final toast, “May the hinges of friendship never rust”.
The evening rounded off with nearly 2 hours of dancing to the ever popular Barry (the Swingman) Peters. It was great to have Barry back on form.
The raffle on the night was in aid of President Andrew’s chosen charity for the year, RNLI.
A wide selection of photos and short videos from various people are available here – https://www.dropbox.com/sh/rd67l9e5rapkth6/AAAUVtr0GP420rUOka3VffZ5a?dl=0
THE NEW COMMITTEE
At the 2019 AGM the following officers were elected –
Chairman – Steve Moores
Vice Chairman – Stuart Badman
Secretary (menus and venues) – Brian Seeley
Treasurer and Membership Office – Steve May
Club Contact – Keith Beaman
Malcolm Lee is Immediate Past Chairman
Andrew Johnson continues as Cluster Chairman and Web Master.
Immediate Past Chairman, Malcolm, passes on the jewel of office to Chairman Steve.
The event was the usual mix of great fellowship and renewed friendships.
Jill Harris, our own associate member, whose late husband Vaughan was with us at our founding, was taken ill on the final night, but now seems to be getting stronger. She has been leading a very busy year as Tangent National President, and spoke very entertainingly after dinner on the final night.
Andrew presented our plans for Cluster 2018 in Calpe – “Here we go again!”. Bookings are now open and are already coming in. To find out more about next year’s plan visit http://www.iberiancluster2019.com.
FISH AND CHIPS SOCIAL
29 members friends and family enjoyed a really nice evening and great food at Davids fish and chip restaurant in Moraira, all for the princely sum of €10 per person.
A really good fellowship evening which will be repeated in 2019.
RAIN STOPS PLAY
Heavy storms forced the cancellation of our annual “Billy Boules”, pentaque match against Costa Blanca 41 Club in June
Instead, we all met up for the tapas evening, planned as the victory dinner.
Steve Moores was our coordination link, with Gordon Macnab, chairman of the Costa Blanca club the organiser.
30 plus of us enjoyed a great evening of fellowship.
And no one had to struggle to remember who won.
Gordon ended the evening by thanking everyone for turning out, despite the storms, and our own chairman, Malcolm Lee thanked Gordon and our Javea hosts for a fun time.
LUNCH IN THE CLUB NAUTICO
Our May social was a very successful lunch in the yacht club.
A great turnout ensured a fun time was had by all, while we were served the usual excellent cuisine.
Thanks to chairman Malcolm for this thoroughly enjoyable lunch to mark spring.
WEBSITE AWARD …. AGAIN
At the National AGM today, in Belfast, our website has been named as the website of the year, for the second year. We last won in 2016, when the David Hewitt award was received on our behalf by Past President, Gordon Macnab.
Last year Gordon received the award again, this time for Costa Blanca 41 Club’s website.
And on 14th April our member, and also Past President, Ian Mackenzie received the award on our behalf, from National Communications Officer, Godwin Stewart. This is particularly significant, as Gordon gave us great encouragement when we formed Calpe and District 41 Club in 2005, and Ian was the President who presented the club’s charter in 2006.
We will celebrate the 12th anniversary of being chartered on June 14th, at the amazing Restaurante Puerto Blanco, in the company of new President, Phill Ellis, and our own Jill Harris, the new National President of Tangent.
We move in exalted company.
Our March meeting is our AGM, and this year outgoing Chairman Keith praised the health of the club. He reviewed his year, and thanked the many people in the club who have supported him. Malcolm Lee was elected as Chairman, Steve Moores as Vice Chairman. Steve continues as Menus & Venues coordinator for this year. Andrew Johnson continues as Treasurer.
Andrew reviewed progress so far on Cluster 2019. Keith installed Malcolm as Chairman, and Malcolm outlined his social programme for the year. Another good year in prospect.
BOWLING IN FELLOWSHIP
We had a chilly but fun morning, bowling with our neighbouring club, Costa Blanca 41 Club, based in Javea. 20 players from the two clubs played in pairs at the Javea Green Bowls Club (at The Inn on the Green).
Chairman Keith organised and hosted the bowls, while CB41 chairman, Keith Hyde, organised
We think that we played pretty well as a club, but we chose not to embarrass anyone by declaring the winner.
Great fun. Great fellowship Thank you Keith and Keith!!