Following last year’s Annual Event in Telford, the decision was made by the Directors to hold this year’s Annual Event ‘down South’, to keep a balance for all members – North of Watford one year, South the next, as it always used to be. The format of the weekend itself is similar to last year.

We’re pleased to be able to announce that the venue for this year’s Event will be at Beaumont Estate, in Old Windsor. The hotel has given us the rates we needed to keep the costs but are slightly more expensive than last year, given its proximity to London and being a Royal Borough and provides us with the standards and facilities we always like to see at the Annual Event.

For anyone who hasn’t attended an Annual Event before, please don’t worry. There will be a Welcome Desk with someone to greet you on arrival and an envelope with your name on which will contain all sorts of information regarding the weekend – not to mention the famous name badge. It really helps to wear this so please do. Any questions or concerns, please do ask – it’s what we’re there for.

Back by popular demand we will be starting the weekend with Bowling on the Friday night. It is but a short bus ride away to {{Bracknell or Slough}}, and we will aim to get back to the hotel by 2230.  If you’re a new Member, please do let us know (directors@tallclub.co.uk) and we’ll make sure you’re not on your own. A simple meal and the cost of the bowling will all be included in the cost of the weekend, but please allow some money for your drinks. If anyone has difficulties getting onto a coach (as I do – Glenys writing) a lift can be arranged – please get in touch asap so we know about this in advance and are available to help in any way possible. Please also get in touch if you need help with special requirements regarding accommodation, food, etc.

On Saturday morning we’ll all be getting on a coach for a short ride into Windsor to visit the Castle.  Windsor Castle is the oldest and largest inhabited castle in the world. It has been the family home of British kings and queens for almost 1,000 years. It is an official residence of Her Majesty The Queen, whose standard flies from the Round Tower when she is in residence.

The Queen spends most of her private weekends at Windsor and takes up official residence for a month over Easter (March to April), known as Easter Court. The Queen is also at Windsor for one week each June, when she attends Royal Ascot and the service of the Order of the Garter.

Windsor is still very much a working royal palace. The Castle is used regularly for ceremonial and State occasions. It is here that The Queen often hosts State Visits from overseas monarchs and presidents. St George’s Hall makes a spectacular setting for a State Banquet, when a single table, stretching the length of the hall and seating 160 people, is decorated with porcelain, and silver-gilt from the Royal Collection

After the visit there is enough time to wander around Windsor. Windsor is particularly well served when it comes to shops. As a tourist town there is a wide selection of gift shops around the castle, together with stylish shops and restaurants in Windsor Royal Shoppingfound inside Windsor & Eton Central railway station . The main shopping street, Peascod Street, includes as an independent department store, W J Daniel & Co, noted for its large toy department, as well as national chains such as Marks & Spencer and Boots The bus will pick up around 1700 to get you all back to the hotel, to freshen up for the night out.

This year we’ve found something which hasn’t been done before (and a repeated suggestion from the questionnaire last year) - back on the coaches for a short journey to Windsor for a Boat trip up the Thames.  We have a boat to ourselves and will be on the boat for 4 hours from 1930. Prepare to Boogey as there is a professional disco on board.  We have a BBQ on board serving hot food. For any vegetarians amongst you, please don’t worry there are vegetarian options and I’m assured they’ve got plenty for you. There will be a cash only bar on board for the duration of the trip. After returning to the quay, we will return to the hotel for the usual camaraderie in the bar before heading to bed.

Sunday has traditionally always been a day of leisure – explore more of Windsor and surrounding area.  Drive to Runnymeade (less than a mile away) where there are special events celebrating 800 years since the signing of the Magna Carter. If that’s all too exhausting for you, why not make use of the hotel facilities – a Health and Fitness Centre with an indoor heated swimming pool. Previously, lots of Members have used this option and you’re bound to meet up with someone there.

For those adrenaline junkies out there, Go Karting may be available depending upon numbers, at a venue close by - although you will have to find your own transport to the venue.    If you're are interested, we would ask you pay for the full amount at time of booking.   You might also want to try a Racing simulator – where up to 12 can go head to head racing in the same way as karting, but in a slightly safer environment.

Sunday night is the Annual Gala Ball which will take place in the hotel, with a four course dinner followed by a Disco to dance the night away! Dress code is Black Tie for the men and evening dress for the ladies, but please don’t worry if you don’t have Black Tie outfits, it’s not compulsory, but it does make for some wonderful photographs to keep the memories alive when you get home. As well as the disco for entertainment, there are a few surprises in store.

GALA menu.  There is a fixed menu this year:

Starter:           Spinach, Potato and Watercress Broth

Main:              Pork Fillet, Port wine sauce; Cherries; Dauphinoise potatoes; French Beans

(V): Summer Vegetable Risotto; Pea shoots and Parmesan

Dessert:          Traditional “Tarte aux pommes”; Caramel sauce and whipped cream.

There will be the usual Raffle so please bring items to donate as prizes (and your wallet to buy some raffle tickets!). Last year we raised a wonderful amount for a great charity (thank you again!), so let’s see if we can do it again this year? Please let us have your suggestions in advance as to which charity you would like to see benefit from the money raised this year? And don’t forget the new Club Mascot has to go home with someone?! Bet you’re looking forward to that?!

Monday morning sees the Annual General Meeting take place at the hotel, where you get a chance to meet the Board of Directors and any Coordinators who have chosen to attend, hear about all the hard work which has gone on in the last twelve months and have your say. Two of the three Directors are stepping down, so here is your chance to join the team and take the club forward.  Remember nominations for Directors need to be sent through to the Board at least 8 weeks before the AGM.   Anyone stepping up on the day will need to be approved by the Board. We’d love to have you join us and hear your ideas for how we might improve the Club in the future? We’re very keen to involve as many Members as possible and look forward to meeting you there, but if you have transport links or commitments to rush off for, you can always let us have the feedback sheets from your Welcome Packs please?

That just leaves everyone to say Goodbye to friends old and new until we meet again.

We look forward to welcoming you all!

Glenys, Sharran and Paul

Club Directors

Download the Booking form from here: Booking form 2015 v1.0

 

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