The Ross Park Hotel in Ballymena was chosen for the 2014 bash and a very good one it turned out to be.
A bus was laid on to transport us to and from the do so our evening started at the club for a couple of warmers into the bank. Amazingly enough there was no problem getting the group of some 50+ embarked on time. Or maybe they were just scared of Anne Clarke!
There was champagne, or non alcoholic punch if you like that kind of thing, served on arrival and a photographer to record proceedings – Well the early parts anyway. One does not really want a photographer recording all one’s antics!!
The service and meal, a proper vegetable soup followed by roast beef and a dessert, could not be faulted and the bar prices were reasonable. What more could one ask for a start to the main proceedings.
The group proved to be a great success so, by the time the bus arrived to ferry us home, we had danced our feet off.
Thanks to George Boyd, Anne Clarke and the organizers for producing a great evening all round.
Yet another golfing year coming to an end so time to don the penguin suit yet again for the annual Greenisland Men’s Dinner Night. This is the occasion for the outgoing captain to say a few words and introduce his guest speaker. The vice captain gets to run about, ring bells and generally make sure things happen. Of course one has to indulge in a couple of warmers into the bank and “suffer” the usual high standard of catering that is the norm in the club. And so it was again. The Sirloins were perfect, the apple crumble crumbly and the Stilton decidedly cheesy and of course the wine flowing copiously.
Our incumbent captain is John Lecky LLM, well known Northern Ireland Coroner, and his guest was non other than Sir Ronnie Flanagan GBE OBE QPM MA , of RUC/PSNI and other prestigious law enforcing appointments fame. He just happened to breeze in from Abu Dhabi, or maybe Dubai for the occasion. He is an accomplished speaker and, as a contemporary if not a neighbour of a number of the club members there was scope for giving it an intimate flavour. He was not helped by the PA system, which failed spectacularly, so no brownie points for Mr Vice, but a natural ability to be heard everywhere without electronic assistance overcame this minor obstacle.
Altogether a very successful evening which continued for some time after the formalities were over.
Unfortunately, or maybe fortunately, I so not have any photos of the event so this is a little dull by comparison to previous posts.
The Rankins kindly invited us to the Golf club for a celebration dinner in honour of Helen’s 65 Birthday. Her sister Jenny and chum Sue had flown over from Cheltenham and daughter Christine from Alicante.
A goodly crew assembled for a Bucks Fizz reception before being ushered into the dining room.
As is usual at Greenisland the food and service could not be faulted and the wine likewise.
Dinner was followed by a short introduction by Trevor Rankin and then Helen took over to thank everybody for coming and to include a few bon mots on the assembled guests.
Brian provided the response and Norman Walker the toast to the Birthday girl.
A very enjoyable evening al round.
Apex Jazz Band
Another excellent lunch with the Apex Jazz Band as the main attraction, no detraction from the Lady Captain, Rosie Wilson, intended.
This is now a twice yearly event and is one of the most popular on the club’s social programme. David Alexander’s buffet left nothing to complain about. Starter, vegetable soup, followed by a carvery of beef, ham (absolute perfection), turkey and stuffing; with vegetables, roast and mashed potatoes and the usual accompaniments. For those who could manage it this was followed by David’s unsurpassable apple crumble (with custard), berry pavlova,chocolate gateau and something else that I cannot recall. The only complaint I heard was that the beef was a bit gristly. Mine was OK, but one cannot expect to feed over a hundred golf club members and guests and escape without a grouse or two!
We called it an afternoon at about 4.45, the band having played their final number around four, but there were still plenty of people left enjoying the company.
Altogether another success for John Greer and the entertainment committee.