Warwick Boat Club All4One September 2019





For all members of Warwick Boat Club. Est. 1861 Edition 2 SEPTEMBER 2019

From your Club captain

As we anticipate the

turning of the seasons,

our thoughts drift back

over a pretty glorious summer

of sport at our magnificent club,

and forwards to what we need to

do to prepare ourselves for the

future challenge…

You will see each of our sports

sections summarising what has

happened over the last few

months in the following pages.

I’m genuinely impressed by the

standard of achievement by

members across all our sections,

and at every age group, from

our junior rowers and tennis

players, to our more experienced


I know from personal experience

that the challenge of the next

few months is to maintain or

enhance strength and fitness,

refine technical skills, and enjoy

the different nature of our sports

through the colder months of the

year. Or, as my granny used

to say, avoid putting on a thick

winter overcoat… (Because you’ll

only struggle to take it off again

in spring…)

But perhaps the biggest success

of the last year has been the

work done by the Development

Group to address all the

challenges and demands within

the club, as the application for

planning permission to redevelop

our club has been progressed

in accordance with the mandate

agreed at the last AGM. See

the story below for more details.

Many more challenges remain

before this project is delivered,

but it is the essential first step…

So, let me conclude by wishing

you a purposeful autumn’s sports

activity, and total enjoyment of

your section’s annual dinner…


Mike Rigby



In this edition:


Inter County Squash


Exhibition Tennis


Club Finals Day


Regatta News


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Club development update

We are pleased to confirm that –

acting in line with the mandate

from the club’s last AGM - the

planning application to make improvements

to the sporting facilities and the clubhouse,

whilst maintaining the club’s attractive setting,

has now been submitted. The proposals

are illustrated on the Site Masterplan and


Clubhouse: A two storey extension to

include new changing facilities, including

for juniors and those with disabilities,

additional office space (for coaches,

administrative staff), social space and

storage space as well as a small members’

gymnasium; we are also proposing a small

extension to the kitchen;

• Tennis: provision of two floodlit tennis

courts through the redevelopment of the

area where the standalone Court 11

currently sits;

• Rowing: replacement of the existing

boathouse with an enlarged and more

attractive boathouse on the same site;

• Squash: demolition of squash court 2 (to

facilitate the clubhouse extension) and

the construction of two new squash courts

adjacent to squash court 1;

• Bowls: replacement of the existing bowls

green with a new enlarged floodlit

synthetic bowls green to enable all year

round use;

• Demolition work, tree removals and

site works. The proposals involve the

demolition of a small section of the existing

clubhouse (north gable), squash court 2

and the existing boathouse. The proposals

will also involve the removal of a limited

number of trees with replacement planting,

particularly along the Banbury Road

frontage, and some minor remodelling of

the Banbury Road access area. There will

be a small reduction in the overall size, but

no change to the number of spaces in the

Club’s car park.

Once the application has been validated by

the District Council there will be an opportunity

to comment on the application via the Council’s

online planning applications web page:


online-applications/. This will contain all the

submitted plans and various technical reports.

We also want to hear from members directly

- new boards illustrating the plans will appear

on the walls of the clubhouse within the next

few days. It is intended that club development

proposals will be an item for discussion, but

not formal business, at this year’s AGMs of

the sports sections and also at the club AGM.

Any comments can be emailed to the club at



We welcome your views.

Geoff Prince, Chairman,

WBC Development


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squash &


Inter County Squash

Championships 2019

Lucy Emsden, WBC Squash Ladies Captain

and Alison Insley competed for the ninth

consecutive year in the Warwickshire

Ladies Over 40s Squash Team.

Having won previous rounds the finals

weekend was held at Leamington in June.

First day they were in the pool with Essex

and Avon...Warwickshire won both matches

4-1...some absolutely fabulous performances

delivered on court with both Lucy and Alison

winning their matches.

Into the final on Sunday against the seriously

strong Surrey side, whole took a 5-0 win over

Warwickshire...it was really close in three of

the strings...on another day it could have gone

3-2 to Warwickshire...but not




Play, Watch & Socialise

Team Tournament & Exhibition Tennis afternoon

31 August 2019 Mixed Teams Tournament & Exhibition Matches

Tennis lovers were spoilt for choice with a

mix of being able to join in Saturday’s

socia,l followed by the teams’ mixed

tournament and exhibition matches from

Warwickshire’s top players, whilst enjoying a

chilli or burger and a glass of something from

the bar.

Saturday 31st August saw the hosting of this

event for the second year and, going by the

very positive feedback, it will now be an

annual event in the WBC tennis diary.

About fifty of our team players took part

in the event. Marianne MacLeod and Gez

McVeigh were the highest scorers in the teams’

tournament in which mixed pairs split every 20

minutes keeping score of their games won in

each match.

Harry Lazell had a successful outcome when

he took on coach Cameron Malik in this year’s

singles exhibition match. The audience then

enjoyed watching some entertaining play from

four pairs taking on the exhibition players in a

Challenge the Champs tie breaks. Alex Rintoul

/ Ottelia Tetley and Adam Saumtally /Duncan

Jones were the highest scorers with five points

- their prizes included an energy bar for their


Meanwhile the Courtside Kitchen was selling

out of food and the audience topped up

their glasses before the final sets between

exhibition players Rich Partridge & Kara Biggs

vs Harry Lazell & Jack Smith followed by

Cameron Malik & Gez McVeigh vs Paul Martin

& Arran Trainor. Paul & Arran proving to be

the outright winners beating Harry & Jack in

the deciding set.

Tennis manager, Gavin Henderson, did a great

job hosting the afternoon and presented the

prizes, expressing appreciation and thanks to

the exhibition players for taking time to come

and play. Thanks go also to 3Difs for their

ongoing support for the teams.

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Success for Warwick

Boat Club Seniors

Jenny Waggott won the over 75 National

Grass Court Championships, held at

Wimbledon in August, in a brilliant final

against Ann Louis of Devon in three tight sets.

She then won the over 70 doubles with her

Great Britain partner, Fran McLellan.

They beat Jackie Robinson (WBC) and Penny

Sheehan in the semi-finals in the 3rd set tie

break. Penny and Jackie had beaten top

seeds Wendy Scalinger (WBC) and Rosemary

Wilson (GB over 70 Team) in the quarter final

again in the 3rd set tie break.

Wendy also reached the quarter final of the

over 70 singles.

It was good to see Brian Holt and Steve

Chidlow playing in the over 70 doubles




All members are invited to enter this

mixed event as a single individual

entry. The head coach (Gavin)

will then allocate partners with the view

of balancing couples. There are no

handicaps in this competition so normal

scoring of the best of three sets applies.

This competition has always attracted a

significant entry, and it covers the weeks of


The entry deadline is Saturday 21st


A small charge of £5 covers an individual’s


The mixed knockout tournament will be run

during October with the semi-finals and

finals held on Saturday 2nd November.

Entry to this year’s mixed competition can

be made by going to the clubspark website

and selecting TOURNAMENTS from the

menu and entering with the link provided.

This will enter your name and take a oneoff

£5 payment.

Any questions to Gavin Henderson (07787-


All members are advised to download

the ClubSpark Booker app to their

devices, free.

This will enable you to

book courts wherever

you are and at any


More Importantly you

can easily cancel your

booking from home or

while travelling to the

club if necessary due

to bad weather, travel

problems etc. without

having to ring the

Admin office to do this

for you.



by Cameron


Cameron provides a professional,

meticulous & convenient on-site tennis racket

service, offering high performance strings,

grips & accessories to help improve your


Drop off your rackets either behind the

clubhouse bar or directly with Cameron and

message 07910983965 to notify him of

your service requirements...I will arrange

for collection & payment as soon as your

racket is ready.

More info available at: clubspark.lta.org.



The floodlights to Courts 1, 2 and 6 have

been serviced and the lights replaced. The

lighting is now fully up to specification on

all courts in preparation for the

winter season.




£95.20 that the club has recently

made from selling used tennis

ballshas been sent to ‘The Friendship

Project’ which helps children in the area.

This is the money we have recieved for 2

lots of 250 balls sent. (If the balls are not

good enough we lose 20p per ball.

Any further suggestions of worthwhile

causes are welcome. Our intention is to

help small, local charities. Please contact

Margot Rowden with your ideas.


Margot has let us know that she sorts used

balls into 3 categories:

1. clean and no damaged nap can be

sent to recycaball

2. clean and slight damage - Gavin

distributes these to schools

3. threadbare/damaged - available for

dog balls.

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tennis captain’s


The summer months of our peak tennis playing

season were accentuated by some fantastic

results for our competitive teams. We have

a broad range of teams from junior under

14s to vets over 75s, representing Warwick

Boat Club at national, county and club levels.

About 180 of our members are involved in our

teams. Over 20 of them are team captains,

ensuring fixtures run smoothly both for hosting

visiting teams and managing away matches.

Navigating our way through the summer

league season is a significant annual operation

within our club!

So it was great to see well over 60 of the

team players at our end of season Team Tennis

Mix-in on August 31st. This is the second year

for this event and it looks set to be a regular

fixture. Jane Robbins has organised the last

two years exceptionally well, supported ably

by Geoff Sault. Our top players put on some

superb exhibition tennis at the end of the event

which drew a strong crowd.

Some of the notable achievements from the

Coventry & Warwickshire league (the main

league we compete in) were:


2nd team (captain Jenny Waggott/Susie Rowe

were promoted to Premier League. The Ladies

3rd team was promoted to Division 1.


1st team (captain Gavin Henderson) won the

Premier League, defending last year’s title.

Congratulations to them on a comprehensive

win in the Coventry and District premier

Division. We topped the table by 14 points

ahead of Stratford LTC and the WBC second

team. Ten wins and four draws from 14

matches is a brilliant result. Congratulations to

Men’s Team Captain, Geoff Sault, First Team

Captain Gavin Henderson and, of course, all

the players.

Wimbledon opt-in

2nd team (captain Rob Pocknell) finished in

3rd place in the Premier League, after being

promoted last year.

4th team (captain Jonathan Browning) finished

the season undefeated and earned promotion

to Division 3.

One of the reasons for our team success

has been our coaching team’s efforts to

help members develop their tennis skills and

tactics, especially in doubles. Cameron Malik

provided doubles coaching to our teams

during last winter and will continue this winter.

Offering members the chance to improve their

skills is always a top priority for our club, and

so the Autumn season coaching programme is

published, with opportunities for all ages and

all standards. Please see our club website for

more information about the course times and

how to book. Or if you’re at the club, please

ask the office team or any of the coaching

team for more information.

So whether your autumn tennis will be social,

competitive or a mixture of the two, I hope

you enjoy it! As a Tennis Committee we’re

constantly thinking about how we can make

our tennis courts better, so we’ve recently

upgraded some of the floodlights and we are

providing new green benches for courts 1,

5, 8, 9, 10 and 11 (courts 6 and 7 already

have them, and courts 2, 3 and 4 do not have

sufficient space between courts for benches).

We also have an

improved leafclearing


so hopefully

everyone will

be pleased with

the improved



Paul Martin

Tennis Captain

Junior Success

11 yr old county player Ottelia Tetley won the U14 girls

Oxfordshire Road to Wimbledon County Finals, qualifying for

the National Finals on the grass courts at Wimbledon. Out of

almost 9,000 girls and boys from 650 clubs, parks and schools,

she was one of 44 girls to reach the finals. Ottelia battled very

well through 2 singles matches, and secured her first win at

Wimbledon reaching the doubles round of 16.

Please opt in now for Wimbledon 2020 tickets, whether you intend to go or

not. Please log in to www.lta.org.uk/major-tennis-events/grand-slams/

wimbledon/ballots/ and follow the on-screen directions. The more member

opt-ins we have as a club, the more tickets we receive.


Inter Club

Ladies over 65 - will be playing Byfleet in

the semi-finals.

Ladies over 70 - will be playing West

Bridgeford in the semi-finals

Both of the above matches will be played in

October with finals in November.

County players


WBC has been well represented in Senior

Warwickshire Ladies County teams

Over 50 Kate Young,

Over 60 Jane Robbins

Over 65 Susie Rowe, Jenny Waggott Jackie

Robinson (Capt) Diana Best, Anna

Potts, Jackie Sadler.

Over 70 Liz Graham, Margot

Over 75 Isobel Ollis (Capt) Sue Davies

Margaret Pritchard.


Over 55 Robert Pocknell

Over 70 Peter Grant

Over 75 David Mason (Capt) Roger


WBC were represented in the over 70 and

over 75 Inter Club National. Championships

this year. The over 70 team was Mike Adams,

Tony Baker, Brian Holt and Martin Lusby who

lost in a close match to the Streetly Club. The

over 75 team were drawn against recent

winners Winchester and lost. Players were

David Mason, Ian Barnett, Roger Davies and

Richard Cooper.

WBC has been well represented in the

Warwickshire over 75 County Team with

Roger Davies, Mike Adams and David

Mason (captain). Matches won against

Wiltshire, Somerset and Staffordshire (we

had eventually to concede this latter match

as we played an under age player!) Against

Gloucestershire we lost the match by one set.

The over 75 County Team: from left to right Roger

Davies, Mike Adams, David Mason (Captain) and

John Elvidge (from Priory)

Other news

The Ladies over 70 team are intending

to go to La Manga for the European

Champiionships in December, having

qualified by winning the UK event in 2018.

Meanwhile Jenny Waggott’s GB Over 75

team are progressing well in Croatia, having

beaten Sweden and Australia both 3-0 , and

are in the semi fianls.

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Warwick Town Triples

Warwick Boat Club bowls captain

Martin Dean led his team to victory

in the final of the Warwick Town

Triples on August 4.

Together with his wife Sandra and Cosette

Lawton, they carried off the trophy with a 20-

10 win against Les Anscombe’s team of Celia

Bellamy and Stephen Hunt.

It looked promising early on for Anscombe as

excellent shots from Bellamy, playing lead,

helped them to go ahead 5-3. But Sandra

Dean found the form which has brought her

success at county level, taking the jack to the

back a couple of times on the way to an 8-5


Anscombe dragged his team back into it with

superb winning shots to level at 8-8, but his

team’s luck ran out on the 13th end. Dean’s

team scored a decisive five shots on that end

and never surrendered the lead again for the

rest of the contest. The last two shots of the

match exemplified the high level of skill shown


Anscombe put his final shot next to the jack but

Dean followed him in and nudged his wood

away to secure the end and the Town Triples

trophy for the first time.

In a tense morning semi-final against David

Hurst, Chris Hurst and Jacqui Ashley, Martin

Dean had snatched victory from the jaws

of defeat. Leading 16-15 on the last end

but with Hurst’s team holding two, he put his

final shot next to the jack to confirm a 17-15

victory. In the other semi-final Anscombe’s team

beat John Labrum, Peter Boardman and Lyn

Taylor 26-10.

All four teams taking part in the finals day

were from the Boat Club. Warwick town

mayor, Neale Murphy, presented the trophies

and joked that it was suspicious that the

captain and the competition organiser, Sandra

Dean, had turned out a winner.

Warwick Town Triples finalists:

left to right, Les Anscombe, Stephen Hunt, Celia Bellamy, Sandra Dean, Martin Dean and Cosette Lawton.

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day 2019

Dave Hurst completed a remarkable

double in the WBC men’s singles

competitions this year, beating previous

singles champion, Les Anscombe, in both the

2-woods and 4-woods events.

In the 2-woods final, which had been

postponed on finals week-end due to Hurst’s

illness, Anscombe started well, winning four of

the first five ends to take a 5-1 lead. But Hurst

then won the next seven ends and eventually

Anscombe conceded after the 18th end with

the score 16-9.

It was a family affair on finals weekend as

Dave Hurst won the 4-woods singles title for

the first time and his sister, Jacqui Ashley, won

the ladies’ 4-woods singles, also for the first


Hurst beat last year’s winner, Les Anscombe,

21-20 after 27 exhausting ends. Ashley beat

Margaret Lawson 22-16 after 24 ends.

It was another family affair in the ladies pairs

final with Jacqui Ashley and her sister-in-law,

Chris Hurst, beating Pat Carson and Carolyn

Labrum 18-13. The early stages of this match

were keenly fought but with the score at 9-7 in

Carson and Labrum’s favour the sisters-in-law

picked up a four to take a two shot lead and

never looked back.

Earlier in the week it was a case of the Peters

slaying the Davids as Peter Lamb and Peter

Gawthorpe carried off the men’s pairs trophy

with a narrow 15-13 victory over Dave Hurst

and David Carson.

In the mixed pairs final Cosette Lawton and

Martin Dean beat Di Wood and Dave Hurst

19-13. Vivienne Griffin beat Chris Hurst

15-6 (conceded after 17 ends) in the ladies

2 woods final. Griffin also won The Plate,

beating Rod Bambridge 21-7.

David Hurst in action

Ladies 2 woods singles finalists

Vivienne Griffin and Chris Hurst

Ladies pairs finalists: left to right, Chris Hurst, Jacqui Ashley, Pat Carson

and Carolyn Labrum

Men’s pairs finalists: left to right, Peter Gawthorpe, Peter Lamb,

David Hurst and David Carson

Ladies 4 woods singles finalists

Margaret Lawson and Jacqui Ashley

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Warwick’s rowing squad wraps up

regatta season in style!

Warwick rowers finished off a

highly successful regatta season

with wins at Stourport, Ross,

Gloucester and Worcester Regattas and

successes at the Upton Beginner’s Regatta.

Worcester Regatta on Saturday the 7th of

September saw the curtain close on the season

and there was a bumper entry of Warwick

rowers (requiring both trailers) heading

there to try to win just one more pot… Wins

included the Masters 4+, Masters 2x, Open 2-,

Open 4+, Open 4-, Open 8, J15 1x, Women’s

J17 2x, Women’s 2- and Women’s 2x!

Upton Regatta, held this year on Sunday the

8th of September, is for those who have been

rowing for less than a year and Warwick

sent two crews comprised of rowers who have

graduated from the Learn to Row courses this

spring and summer. The fantastic efforts on

the day saw the men’s 4+ easily win their first

3 rounds before being beaten by Bewdley in

the final and the women’s 4+ who held on to

win the Plate Final! An amazing result for our

novice rowers and hopefully the first of many


Just some of the victorious Warwick rowers (and

their considerable haul of pots!) at Worcester’s

Autumn regatta.

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Heading into

the head

racing season

The whirr and drone of the ergs in the boat

being driven/spun at low rates and for many,

many minutes at a time can mean only one

thing - head racing season is here again. For

the uninitiated, head races are time-trials

along the rivers held during the autumn and

winter and are generally longer than the

Olympic distance (2k) and much, much longer

than the sprints of regattas! Blistered hands

and cold ears await!

A naming ceremony for ‘Santai’

The rowing section gathered on the 1st of

August to celebrate the addition of a new

heavyweight Filippi double to the fleet with an

official boat naming ceremony and BBQ. New

boats are traditionally named by someone

who has worked tirelessly to support the

rowing club, and this time was no exception.

Barry Meatyard was given the honour this

time and unveiled the new boat’s name as

‘Santai’, which means ‘relaxed’ in Malay

Indonesian where Barry spent time working

during his career. If you have ever been so

ably coxed or coached by Barry you will

know that learning to relax is key to success

in all disciplines of rowing, so it is thoroughly


Barry Meatyard unveils ‘Santai’ as the latest addition

to the WBC fleet (photo by Yana Vinogradova)

A special


Special thanks must go to Kate Evans who has

arranged 3 Learn to Row Courses in 2019,

helping to introduce lots of new people to

our sport whilst boosting club numbers and

revenue to boot. The courses take an awful a

lot of organising, cajoling coaches, coxes and

members into helping new rowers take their

first stroke, and Kate carries it all out with a

smile. Thank you, Kate!

Learn to Row Coordinator Extraordinaire,

Kate Evans

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The saying goes that many hands make light

work, and it’s never truer than when the rowing

section comes together to put on our annual

rowing regatta. From the planning by Kate

Rider in advance of the event, river weeding

(instigated by Steve Sidaway and carried out

by many), to frenetic cake making from keen

bakers and the drowned rats who set things up

on the rainy Friday evening, rowing members

helped in their droves. On the day, everyone

mucked in to ensure the event ran smoothly

and was enjoyed by all.

Under starters orders at the 2019 Warwick

Regatta! (photo by Ken Butler)

This year the Warwick Regatta took place

on Saturday the 17th of August and the sun

shone on an incredibly fun and successful day.

Hundreds of competitors and visitors from

nearby clubs turned up and we are pleased to

report multiple Warwick wins of the stunning

new engraved glass tankards! So, (as if word

hasn’t spread to every corner of the club

already) who won the annual Tennis v Squash

Patrick McClosker Challenge Cup? It was Team

Tennis! Huge thanks must

go to Kate Rider for the

months of dedicated

planning that go into

the Warwick regatta

year in, year out and

to all our sponsors and

supporters for their help.

The Great Ouse Marathon

A slightly different adventure for a mixed

8 of Warwick rowers (plus able coxswain

Barry Meatyard!) who headed to the deepest

darkest Cambridgeshire Fens on Sunday the

1st of September to take part in the Great

Ouse Marathon. After a gruelling 21.5km row

along a river far wider and straighter than

anything they get to train on, the Warwick

crew were not only crowned winners of the

division but also set a new course record for

a mixed 8 with a time of 1:33.06! The crew’s

efforts also raised over £1,000 for Lymphoma

Action; a charity close to the heart of crew

member Olivia Joyce whose mother has

recently been diagnosed with Lymphoma.

The winning mixed 8 from the Great Ouse

Marathon. L-R – Polly Scurrah, Victoria

Malcolm, George McDonnell, Nicolas Masson,

Jonny Messling, Olivia Joyce, Taine Ranaghan,

Barry Meatyard (Cox) and Lloyd Smerklo.

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coming soon at the club...

SEPTEMBER 21 Sat Brophy Trophy - 3.00 pm Bowling Green

22 Sun Sunday Night Quiz - 7.30 pm Clubhouse

OCTOBER 5 Sat Oktoberfest - 7.30 pm Clubhouse

12 Sat World Squash Day - 9.00 am

27 Sun Sunday Night Quiz - 7.30 pm Clubhouse

NOVEMBER 13 Wed Tennis AGM - 7.00 pm Clubhouse

24 Sun Sunday Night Quiz - 7.30 pm Clubhouse

27 Wed Club AGM - 7.00 pm Clubhouse

DECEMBER 14 Sat Christmas Dinner and Party - 7.00pm - Warwick Court House

29 Sun Sunday Night Quiz - 7.30 pm Clubhouse

TENNIS squash rowing bowls social club


This is linked to the Club’s Amazon account, so members can now watch live

tennis events. It will soon be linked to the existing BT Sport service so that other

events can be watched on both televisions.

2019 Christmas party

in central Warwick


to run Our


Cafe from

the end of


An enthusiastic person is needed to continue

the great service our Café gives to


If you or anyone you know is interested

in this opportunity please contact: Libby

Newman 07815919039 for further


(Some catering experience is necessary.

Club member or non member may apply)

This Black Tie function will commence at

7.00pm on Saturday 14th December and

be held in the Ballroom at the Warwick

Court House in Jury Street. Tickets will cost £48

per person (£480 to reserve a table) and

include a three course meal. The Oliver Sean

Band has been booked for the after dinner

party. Ticket numbers are restricted to 100 so

members are encouraged to book early.

Tickets on sale via ClubSpark nearer the

time. Reserve the date!


New furniture

The new wooden chairs and table have

been welcome addition to the terrace

area and with such lovely weather have

been much in demand.

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The next quiz, hosted by Andy Parker, takes

place on Sunday 22nd September at 7 pm.

The two successful quizzes to date have raised

£144 & £114 after taking out prize money

and have increased bar sales on a Sunday


It is intended to continue the quiz nights until

further notice.



Not the



Saturday 5th October

7.30pm to Midnight

Tickets are on sale from the bar, or

direct from Andy Parker, at a cost of

£15 to include a Bavarian hot dog

(vegan/veg options available)

Bavarian dress encouraged!

The Oliver Sean Band will be playing

throughout the evening with a break for

the traditional Beer Boot Competition.

Fürstenberg lager on tap!



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Photo by Duncan Strachan

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