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CHARTER NIGHT POSTPONED
Because of the restrictions imposed because of the Covid-19 pandemic it was necessary to postpone the anniversary dinner to celebrate the club’s chartering in 2006. Chairman, Stuart and the committee had hoped simply to defer the date to October, but it is now clear that many members and other supporters will not be back in Spain by then. We are also unsure what rules might apply for such events.
So the committee have now decided to abandon plans for 2020, and instead to focus on the 15th anniversary celebration, which is planned for May 27th at the always fabulous Restaurante Puerto Blanco. More details nearer the time.
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ZOOMING IN WITH THE NATIONAL PRESIDENT
We have just completed the club’s first meeting by Zoom.
Our best attended meeting ever had a total of 21 participants at one point. This is more than double the normal “good” attendance. Members took part from as far afield as Western Australia, Hull and Steeple Bumstead! Oh! And a good number of us in Spain, including at least one (Keith) who should have been back in England weeks ago, while others are still waiting to get home to Spain.

We were joined by National President, Peter Good, who updated us on news across the organisation, and his plans and activity to keep 41 Club as active as ever, despite the restrictions of the pandemic. We agreed a donation of £300 towards the President’s chosen charity (Dementia Care) topping up the surplus from Cluster with club funds.

The Board of 41 Club UK&I has decided to extend the term of the national president for a further year, due to the limitations during “lockdown”. We discussed the term of our own chairman and vice chairman, and agreed to put forward a resolution to the membership that both should be asked to continue in post until the 2022 AGM.

And finally, because this meeting was considered a success, we agreed to meet again by Zoom, at 13.00 Spanish time, on July 9th.

AGM
Our AGM, scheduled for today (April 9th) could not happen in its usual structured and organised style (who writes this stuff?) because of the total shut down of society imposed as a result of the COVID-19 viral pandemic. Instead, with the support of our members, Chairman Steve called a virtual meeting. Every member was invited to participate.
The Chairman’s, Secretary’s and (rather scant) Treasurer’s reports were all received. The accounts will be adopted once the Treasurer returns to Spain, where his files are. But we know that we are in a healthy state financially.
The following officers were elected for the year 2020/21.

Chairman               Stuart Badman

Vice Chairman       Steve May
Immediate past.     Steve Moores
Secretary.              Brian Seeley
Club Contact.        Keith Beaman
Treas. & M/ship     Tony Lewis
Webmaster            Andrew Johnson

And the social programme for the year was approved.

The following agenda includes the reports, the appointments and the social programme.

Calpe & District 41 Club

AGENDA

Annual General Meeting,

Thursday 9th March 2020

(Virtual Meeting due to Corona Virus)

Chairman’s Report

In May we held our Charter Night as always. It was attended by National President Andrew Mackereth, who I home hosted. It took place at the Puerto Blanco restaurant, music was by Barry Peters and the night was a great success.

In June we held “Billy Boules” overlooking the sea at Villa Gadea followed by tapas at the nearby Chiringuito. Depite the poor attendance by Costa Blanca 41 club members, our members enjoyed an excellent evening of fun and fellowship.

In September we held the now traditional Fish & Chip night at Dave’s on the Calpe -Moraira road. As always it was very well supported.

November was, of course, Cluster weekend in Calpe and what a weekend! The organisation and support from all members was exemplary but special mention must go to Andrew and Keith for the huge amount of work they put in. Almost 100 attendees went home delighted.

In January we celebrated Burns Night at Tony & Suzi Lewis’s house. Yet another superb evening thanks to the amazing hosts and excellent food.

Unfortunately, the end of the year has been dominated by the Corona Virus Pandemic and, at the time of writing this report, Spain is in lock-down. The next few months are going to be difficult but I hope that we can resume normal life and normal 41 Club activities as quickly as possible and in time for Stuart to have a great year as Chairman. We wish him well.

Secretary’s Report

We held 7 meetings during the year from May 2019 to April 2020 inclusive. There were no meetings in July, August or December as usual. There was also no meeting in November 2019 due to the club hosting the Iberian Cluster. The meeting to be held in April 2020 will be a virtual meeting due to the Coronavirus and no attendance figures are not relevant.

The average attendance for the past year was 9 compared with 8 in 2018/19 and the highest attendance was in February.

Treasurer’s Report

Our Treasurer, Steve May, was due to return to Spain from Australia but is unable to do so at the present time. Unfortunately, all his 41 Club records are on a USB here in Spain.

The proposal, therefore, is that approval of the accounts and of next years recommended subscriptions for 2020/21 is postponed until they can be prepared, audited and circulated at the earliest opportunity.

Election of Officers for 2016-2017

The following nominations have been received:

Chairman Stuart Badman

Vice Chairman Steve May

Immediate past. Steve Moores

Secretary. Brian Seeley

Club Contact. Keith Beaman

Treas. & M/ship Tony Lewis

Webmaster Andrew Johnson

Induction of New Chairman

Postponed

A.O.B.

Proposed Social Calendar (Subject To COVID-19):

28th May Casa Toni 12:30 for 1:00pm (€23 Set Menu Inc Wine)

17th June Billy Boules Venue Javea

24th September David’s Fish & Chips

1st. October Charter Night Anniversary Puerto Blanco (reception 6:30 pm)

15th. October Calpe Marina Lunch 1:00pm

CORONAVIRUS – COVID-19
In the light of the current uncertainty, and government “lockdown” we cannot be sure when our next meeting will be.
The Charter night planned for May has been rescheduled to 1st October, by when we do hope that normality will return.
Iberian Cluster 2020 has been cancelled. We expect the next to be in Mallorca in late 2021.
A Growing Club
Calpe and District 41 Club continues to grow.

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 – celebrating the Scottish Bard

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.

Tony had obviously bagged a Haggis on a shoot somewhere and it was piped to the table in traditional style. Various members then performed the ceremonial duties, including The Selkirk Grace, Address to the Haggis, Toast to the Ladies etc. 
The twelve attendees would like to thank our hosts for a wonderful evening. 
Iberian Cluster – Mama Mia, Here we go Again
We hosted a very successful Cluster weekend. Click the Iberian Cluster option above to read the update.
Launceston 41 Club Cultural Exchange Tour to Benidorm
On 24th September Chairman Steve met up with 10 members of Launceston 41 Club who were on a “Cultural Exchange Tour” to Benidorm, where they stayed in a hotel on the seafront and near to Benidorm’s museums and art galleries (well that is what they told their wives!)

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). 

Having enjoyed the superb tapas bars in Benidorm old town the night before, David asked Steve to introduce them to the local culture on show at the English End of Benidorm (as it is known) where they saw some excellent tribute acts and just happened to visit a bar where Sticky Vicky was performing some very cultural tricks involving various parts of her anatomy.
Nobody can remember what time the evening finished but it is believed a good time was had by all!

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

IMG_0588Our 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.

59866932_10214693602469748_2191633240333221888_nAfter 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.

Immediate Past Chairman, Malcolm Lee proposed the loyal toast, and our Toast Master introduced National President, Andrew. He spoke briefly about the good health of 41 Club, both nationally and internationally, and proposed the toast to Calpe & District 41 Club. He then presented Chairman Steve and Cluster Chairman Andrew with his personal banners and commemoration pins.

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.

 

IBERIAN CLUSTER

The club was well represented at the wonderful 2018 Cluster in Puerto Banus, hosted by the Costa del Sol club.

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.

ALL CHANGE

Our March meeting is our AGM, and this year outgoing file-12Chairman 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

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Chairmen Keith & Keith (watched over by Duncan)

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

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tSteve looking as if he knows what he is doing!!!

lunch nearby.

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!!

8 comments

  1. Thank you very much for inviting us to join you all, we both thoroughly enjoyed the evening. You must have been pleased as all your hard work as the general ‘dogsbody certainly paid off.
    Regards
    John and Felicity

    Another accolade!
    The date of next years event,our 10th Charter celebration ,will be anounced soon ,so you can put it in your diaries.Could it be even better than this year?

  2. Thanks for all the great pictures and news. Dad (laurie Maltby) was thrilled to see his picture with Leigh. Is there any chance of a copy please Dad really enjoyed catching up with all his young friends YIF margaret

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