St. David's Day Dinner 2018
Nearly 40 members and guests braved the "Beast from the East" snow and winds - some coming from many miles away - to enjoy the annual "bash" celebrating all things Welsh on Thursday, 1st March 2018.
The event, as always, was organised by chief druid Bob Lloyd-Jones, ably assisted by Mike "Dafydd" Lewis on the night and Jem Norris at the preparation stage.
The event was held in the bar area to facilitate the informal convivial exchange of banter and fun.
All attendees were presented with a daffodil to wear with pride.
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The evening kicked off with a warm welcome and apologies from various people who could not attend - including from the President who was stranded in Belbroughton.
Bob Lloyd-Jones managed expectations by announcing that the evening would be a truncated form of what normally transpires, in order that those from near and afar would be able to negotiate the hills and valleys back home before the red alert of snow kicked in later.
As is customary, it was agreed that all England - Wales Rugby differences would not be mentioned and there would definitely be "no gloartin".
Following Grace, it was time for the National Anthems.
Both English and Welsh were sung with great Gusto and reverence.
The Welsh Anthem was sung, of course, in Welsh - as evidenced by the need to consult the Welsh words as provided.
So on with the dinner. Very tasty Pea and Ham soup was followed by succulent leg of Welsh Lamb with all the trimmings.
Welsh fruit pudding with cream and ice cream for dessert, a selection of Welsh cheeses, Welsh cakes and coffee completed the line-up of an excellent dinner, prepared by Tim and served by Tracey and her staff.
Interspersed between the courses, Mike Lewis kept everyone entertained magnificently.
Various readings were delivered and much enjoyed by those present.
Due to the weather, the quantity of "between course" contributions was reduced to facilitate early departure.
Further entertainment was provided by a pre-prepared "Headmaster" witty sketch by Bob Lloyd-Jones and Mike Lewis (who made a passable and credible headmaster!) .
This was followed later by Mike giving us his inimitable, hilarious style of observations of life and witticisms, which, as can be seen, was much enjoyed.
The evening concluded with John Devine leading the singing of Eli Jenkins' Prayer and "We'll keep a Welcome in the Hillside".
Bob-Lloyd Jones gave thanks to Tim, Tracey and staff for the excellent meal, to Mike Lewis and all who had made the evening possible.
Thank you, Bob, for all your hard work in making this one of the most enjoyable annual events in the Club Calendar and let's hope it can continue for quite a few years to come.