Herewith a selction of pictures taken during the celebration at Pytchley Village hall taken by ian and Carna.
Everything stops for Tea.
Keith praying that the Chairman's speech will be short. It was.
Chairman's short speech.
John C recalling times past in KDRC.
One of our Honourary Life Members John C cutting the cake.
The Toast "Kettering and Distric Rambling Club.
The fabulous Market Harborough Ukelele Group in full voice
"Let's twist again like we did last Summer!"
To say the joint was jumping is putting it mildly as over seventy members, spouses, former members, families gathered to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the founding of KDRC in 1937.
Earlier in the day there was an anniversary walk but that will be the subject of a separate post.
Guests at the do were greeted with a chioce of fruit juices and invited to look at the collection of club memorabilia which evoked much interest and comment such as "oh that's me in that picture, do you remember when? and similar comments Thanks to all those who contributed items for this.
Adjacent to this table the specially made cake was on display and it was a beauty.
Our thanks to Sue C for providing the cake and to Rona for the for the superb icing job.
Prior to commencement of the meal a specially composed grace was said by Julie S.
Catering for the evening was provided by DDW catering and was first class.
During the main cousre our entertainers the Market Harborough Ukelele Group struck up a number of sing along favourites.
Following dessert there was the chairman's brief speech of welcome and thanks made all the briefer because he lost the piece of paper it was written on. John C one of our Honourary Life Members made a short speech then cut the cake which was followed the the toast"to Kettering and District Rambling Club".
When coffee and cake were being served the band really went to town and a couple of members were so overcome they showed us how the twist should be done. Perhaps the imbibing of mood altering liquids had a hand in this.
When the band finished the chairman thanked everyone for coming and wished them safe jouney home.
An undertaking like this requires the efforts of a lot of people who deserve the thanks of all those attending.
Hopefully everyone who should be thanked is included below:-
Organising sub committee comprising Sue H, Sue C, Gloria S.
Beautiful table decorations Rosemary W.
Sue C and Rona F for cake.
Help with setting up and taking down of tables etc, serving drinks and generally helping things go snoothly: Linda D, Ann R, Carna B, Jem C, Robert W, Susan and Mike W,
Official photographer Ian B.
Market Harborugh Ukele Group for entertaining us so well.
And for his invaluable help with how the hall works special thanks to Alan L.
If anyone has been missed off please accept my sincere apologies but I am still coming down to earth after such a wonderful evening.
The 80th AGM of KDRC was held in St. Andrews church hall, Kettering on the evening of Friday 3rd march 2017 at 7.30p.m.
The meeting followed the usual format for these occasions with one of the highlights being the talks given by representatives of the local Samaritians and the Air Ambulance who were the recipeints of our goodwill collections taken at walks throughout the year.
The meeting closed at 08.15 and was followed by light ( and very tasty) refreshments provided by the members.
There was also an opportunit to pay subs for the coming year.
Would all members not present at the meeting please note that subs are now due and remain at £6.
The chairman would like to extend his thanks to all who helped set up the hall, provide and serve refreshments and help put chairs and tables away after the meeting.
Little Bo Peep: "Never mind the sheep, where have the rest of the walking group gone?
" I thought you said this was the easy walk"
"It's how far back to the hotel?"
The club weekend took place from Friday 7th to Sunday 9th of October and was attended by 26 members.
This year it was held in Llangollen and organised in conjunction with Secret Hills, a company specialising in walking holidays. The base was The Hand Hotel which has a splendid position overlooking the river Dee.
Walks of two different levels took place over the three days which enabled everyone to experience the beautiful views of the area.
The hotel had entertainment each evening and some of our more musical members were encouraged to join In!
A great time was had by all.
Pictures to follow in next posting