Brenda S, Margaret B & Beryl were hard at it in the kitchen making up very attractive plates of ham, cheese, pickle, salad etc. whilst Pauline, Peter, Dave S, Brian C, Shirley & Tony Oakes got everything else under way. The pool table was moved, the chairs were moved, the tables set up and the whole club was a hive of activity when the bowlers for the Open Fours competition arrived.
Every single chair in the club was in use and Honest John (Dodgy Tote) and his Dodgy Tote’s Moll took up their places in front of the bar with their tickets and cash boxes ready to take in and give out the bets and the winnings.
Over 90 people turned up with club members, family, friends and bowlers from other clubs getting together to enjoy an evening of fun and entertainment.
Four races were held taken from four different race courses, some flat, some hurdles and some steeplechases and because no one knew what they were going to be before the Tote was closed, it was a complete guessing game as to who would win. There were 190 bets on the first race and then the other 7 races had around 140-150 bets. The punters all queued up very politely and quietly but when each race got under way, there was yelling and cheering for all the horses but on no occasion was “Move your bleedin’ a*rse” heard, so Audrey Hepburn aka Eliza Doolittle was definitely not present!
The prize money for each race was the total bets taken at £1 each, 22% of which went to the club and the remaining 75% were divided by how many bets were placed on that horse. The average was £4 per win but some lucky punters scooped £7 on their win. Final figures to be confirmed but the raffle took £255 and around £300 extra on everything else. (Figure to be updated during the week once all incomings and outgoings have been taken into account.)
Many, many thanks to Pauline B for masterminding the event, for Peter B for taking the orders and fulfilling them, to Brenda S in the kitchen with her band of merry girls, Jane & Ann M behind the bar, Shirley & Tony Oakes on the door and all those who assisted behind the scenes before and after the event. Thanks also to the Race Man, highly costumed in blue and yellow jockey silks and whom I managed not to photo (doh!). If I’ve missed anyone else out, I apologise. It was a real team/members event and hopefully the first of many.
Next ‘social’ will be a two-wood pairs competition on 19th March followed by Irish-themed supper and quiz with Billy Banks in charge. Sign up sheet on the noticeboard. If you don’t want to join in the bowls, come along for supper and quiz.
And don’t forget the Open Singles Circuit tournament on 5/6th March at the club. There are 64 entrants, some club members, some county players and some international players taking part!