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    December 2018   Volunteers Christmas Lunch get together

    A group of 55 Arundells stalwarts got together at the Rose and Crown Hotel, Harnham on December 6th for what turned out to be a very successful and enjoyable afternoon of socialising, eating and drinking.  Meeting in the bar, the conversation created quite a buzz and got everyone in a party spirit.  We moved through to our beautiful private dining room, overlooking the river, with a flock of sheep in the field opposite, and the Cathedral in the background, it was a beautiful scene.

    Following a few words of introduction from organiser Gerald Gibson our three course meal was served by the efficient hotel team.  A planned pause before the final course allowed Trustee Gordon MacDougall to say a few words in praise of the volunteers and to update us on plans for the future, all much appreciated.

    Overall a lovely afternoon, and judging by the feedback from those attending, a very successful one.   A provisional booking has been made for 5th December 2019 to do it all again.





    July 2018    Evening Sail on a traditional Thames Sailing Barge

    On Thursday 5th July nine intrepid Arundells volunteers set sail on an evening adventure on the Solent aboard a Thames Sailing Barge called "Alice".
    We all arrived promptly at Gunwharf Quays Portsmouth at 5pm to board the vessel for a scheduled departure at 5.30pm , we all went below to hear some of the history of the vessel and to hear of the dangerous places not go whilst on board.
    The Barge was well equipped for extended trips with two cabins for sleeping in, a large cabin for eating etc. a small well equipped galley, toilets and crew accommodation, an ideal vintage vessel for a long cruise.
    We left Gunwharf  Quay at 5.30pm getting out on the engine, once out of the confines of the harbour we set sail and had a leisurely sail towards Ryde on the Isle of Wight. Richard Lord was at the helm for most of the outward part of the journey, with a few tips from our host, Alan Gick.
    As we approached Ryde we came about and changed tack to the opposite side and began the journey back.   The sail back was a lot faster as we were on a partial run and the breeze had strengthened.   We sailed back towards Portsmouth.   Having come into wind to get the sails down, we came into the harbour just as the sun was setting.
    After saying our goodbyes to the crew and 'Wilson' the dog which had adopted Tricia as its best friend, we set off to find a suitable restaurant.   Five of us settled on the 'Cafe Rouge' on recommendation from Alan, although it is part of a chain we had a very satisfying meal.

    Ron Carter





    June 2018    Visit to Clare Lallows Boatyard and tour of the Royal Yacht Squadron Isle of Wight

    The day dawned wet and windy, and by 10.30 am the eight Friends/Volunteers had gathered at the Red Jet Terminal in Southampton, ready for their nautical day of adventure.
    After a 25 minute smooth crossing, the party disembarked and walked up Cowes High Street and onto the Clare Lallow yard in Medina Road.  We were met by Laurie Boarer, the Proprietor, and his wife Pat, who helps him run the Business.   This is a very traditional and historical English Yard, specialising in the repairs and renovations of wooden yachts and motorboats.  "Opposition" (ex Morning Cloud No.,2.), having wintered undercover in the yard, was in the process of being got ready for her launch.
    Laurie took us round his premises which are considerable, including a fuelling pontoon, and pointed out a variety of different projects they were involved with.  This included making part of a huge wooden sign for a major Transport Company.  It was very clear that the general business is something of a labour of love for Laurie, and Pat lets him run it in his own way, helping where she can.   The metalwork shop, woodstore, GRP shop, rigging shop, all full of equipment and old machinery, added to the fascination of the place.
    By now the sun had come out and the temperature started top climb quite rapidly.   It was soon time to leave, and we made for the Fountain Bar and Restaurant back down the High Street for lunch.
    It was time to move again, and following a short walk along the sea front we arrived at the Castle of the Royal Yacht Sqaudron, on schedule at 14.30 hours.   We were met by a charming Italian Duty Steward called "Biagio", who went into great detail about the history of the RYQ, before giving us a conducted tour of the various rooms, including the Entrance Hall, Library, where we saw a copy of Sir Edward's book on Sailing, the Members dining room, full of glittering silver trophies, the Ladies dining room and lounge, the Pavillion, and finally a day room overlooking the Solent where we were served with tea and cakes, before departing for the ferry terminal to catch the 16.45 boat back to Southampton.
    It had been an interesting day, with the opportunity of seeing two very different premises, each a unique venue.   The weather was perfect right up till the end, and the party finally dispersed around 17.30.






    December 2017   Volunteers Christmas Luncheon

    A group of 36 volunteers and some partners got together at the Rose and Crown Hotel in Harnham, Salisbury for a Christmas lunch and social get together.

    Assembling in the bar area, the chat got under way as volunteers met up with colleagues and names were put to faces with some volunteers bringing their significant others with them.

    Lunch was served in the Orangery restaurant with beautiful views across the hotel gardens and the passing River Avon.   There was a good choice of dishes on the menu and the option of two or three course meals.  The service and food were both very good and not one single complaint or grouse was received so I think that we may be back next year given the very positive feedback from those who attended.

    At the end of the meal Trustee Gordon MacDougall gave a vote of thanks to volunteers on behalf of the Trustees and read out special messages from Chair David (Lord) Hunt and Lincoln Seligman, one of Sir Edward's many godchildren.

    The Rose and Crown did very well for us and the special party balloons on the tables provided some lighthearted amusement throughout the afternoon.  A hardy few stayed on at the bar to down a seasonal malt whisky, no names obviously.....