Annual Dinner 2020

We held our Annual Dinner on Saturday 1st February, at The Seven Stars in Dinton, near Thame. 25 members attended this event, one of our social highlights of the year. We had the entire restaurant to ourselves, other diners being restricted to the bar area for the night – not that they at all seemed to mind – the whole pub had a very happy and relaxed ambience, the regular patrons being perhaps a little bemused by the sight of so many gentlemen dressed in penguin suits, not to mention the array of ladies looking splendid in their finery.

The menu from which we had chosen our meals beforehand had been very tempting, and not surprisingly therefore the food turned out to be excellent, and the service first class – the French Manageress Steph was very jolly and ready to share a laugh and a joke with us, which certainly added to the friendly atmosphere.

After coffee had been served and consumed, it was time for the presentations. Firstly Pete Mansfield was awarded the Skinner Trophy (again, as he had been officially presented with this a few weeks previously by Mary Skinner as she would be absent on holiday on the night) for most attendance at club events during 2019. Then Adrian Bennett was presented with the Best Club Car shield, voted for at the Pride of Ownership in 2019 for his 1959 MGA Roadster, and finally Debbs Martin was the recipient of the President’s Shield for 2020 in recognition of loyalty and service to the club over many years. After the awards, Pete then, as has become a tradition, filled the Skinner trophy with port, which was served to all present so that we could raise our glasses to remember our late friend, Roger Skinner.

A highly enjoyable evening in a very good setting – one that I am sure we shall use again, so a big thank you to The Seven Stars for looking after us so well.

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