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Social Activities 2015-2016

Wednesday 9th September
First club night

It was nice to see some regulars, with a sprinkling of new faces. We hope everyone enjoyed themselves.

Saturday 31st October
Quiz Night

As Secretary Linda strolled in about two minutes before the official start time, there were about 30 people waiting expectantly for the questions.

Quizmaster Dave

A pensive looking Dave, last year's Quizmaster, returned to pose the posers, and some of 'em were quite tricky: 'what sport involves a bucket of ale, an accordion, some agricultural implements, (and other stuff)?' It was too much for me - I had to go to the Gents.

Picture questions

Picture round: who is the blonde with the toothache?

Anyway, the team that won by a useful margin was The Four of Us.

Quiz winners

Fans of the quiz may remember that The Four of Us were runners up last year - but it was a completely different line-up this time. Rumour has it that the original Four of Us are still not talking to each other following a full and frank exchange of views about the answer to one of last year's questions.

After the raffle, Chairman Graham thanked Dave for compiling the questions, Linda and Ann Povall for organising the event and the Volunteer pub for the food.

Wednesday 16th December
Christmas Fun Tournament

 Player numbers were a little down compared to last year, but it was nice to see some injured members turn up to cheer on those participating.

Linda & Matthew, Xmas Tournament 2015 Final

 As can be seen in the pictures of the final, the black-bag-over-the-nets routine was used to sharpen reactions. To keep the evening competitive, a handicap system gave everyone a chance for glory.

Eileen & Ian, Xmas Tournament 2015 Final

Linda McCracken, in festive hat and Christmas T-shirt, managed to get herself partnered to young hunk James Clarke. To make her evening complete, they beat Irene Newcombe and Ian Lawes by a reasonably comfortable 21 points to 16 to win the final.

Linda & Matthew, XmasTournament 2015 winners

 Earlier in the evening, the tournament grouping system meant that the pair of Hilary Herd and James Newcombe didn't play against Irene and Ian.

Lets face it; James would never hear the end of it if he had been beaten by his Mum.

Saturday 6th February
60th Anniversary Celebration

There's enough chat and pictures to justify it's own page, so click for Barn Dance

Wednesday 30th March
End of Season Tournament

Not a bad turn out for the Tournament, considering that it was Easter. Regular players were supplemented by three visitors. As usual, players were given a handicap, devised on this occasion by James Newcombe. Battling to the final were Graham Baker/Grace Williams and John Carter/Jenny Milton.

Graham & Grace winners 2016 season end tournament

Graham and Grace won, displaying a careful but firm grip on their Easter eggs.

John & Jenny 2016 season end runners up

John and Jenny keep smiling through their disappointment, nonchantly clutching their consolation eggs.

Friday 13th May
League Presentation Evening

Held at the Exeter Golf and Country Club, the evening got underway with dinner, artistically arranged on gleaming white plates and served to over 120 people. Very nice, although for some with large appetites, there was more gleaming background than multi-coloured foreground, if you follow my meaning.

Next came the presentations. President Sally Coppleston and Chairman Adrian Midmer were assisted in this task by four past Chairmen. The ten-strong Sidmouth contingent smiled and clapped like passed-over actors at the Oscars as silverware was handed out to other clubs.

But what made the evening special were the presentations to Di Brooker, League Secretary for 30 years and Liz Goodwin, who served 16 years as Match Secretary and 30 years on the Committee.

Di Brooker and Liz Goodwin at 2016 Presentation Evening

Adrian provided warm words of appreciation for Di and Liz as Sally reached for the awards - an ornament of a shuttlecock mounted on a base.

Diana Troke, a director of Badminton England and Chair of Hampshire Badminton Association was introduced. She praised Di and Liz, presenting each with a Certificate of Achievement from Badminton England.

The formal part of the evening ended with Adrian thanking Sally for the organisation of the evening. this included contacting and inviting many past members, all of whom know and appreciate the work of Di and Liz.

Meanwhile, Jacquie (hope I've spelt that right) sits with a contented looking Paul Carter while Andy Rowe chats to John Carter.

Grace, Graham & Linda at 2016 Presentation Evening

Grace, Graham and Linda discuss matters of great import. It's not clear from the photo what it's about. Is it about the pros and cons of Brexit and the long-term pan-european economic, social and security ramifications? Or is it about the colour of the tickets Graham is holding - are they mauve or purple? Or lilac?