When I am an old woman I shall wear purple with a red hat that doesn't go and doesn't suit me,
and I shall spend my pension on Brandy and summer gloves ….
To celebrate Ladies Invitation Day, Red and Purple were in abundance but not too much Brandy!
A great fun afternoon of bowls and social chat followed by a slap-up tea, what more could one want?
A Woodstock Revival evening was held to mark the 49th year since the original event as peace descended on Branksome .
As they say. "if you were there you can't remember it", so this time around the only smell in the air was the waft of eau-de-cologne.
A Hippy Punch was ladled out on arrival with a sumptuous retro buffet to provide sustenance.
As for the quiz, true to form we couldn't remember many of the dates of the momentous events that occurred during the 60s, most of us were too busy enjoying ourselves!
Many thanks to all the organisers and helpers during the evening.
Death in the Ring
The clubhouse was enveloped in underhanded skulduggery and intrigue as we held our first murder mystery.
Fortified by a delicious supper of Chilli con Carne followed by apple tarte and crème fraiche not to mention a lubrication of wine our sleuths were set the task:
Who killed 'Slippery Sid' the escapologist and knife thrower?
Was it Roger the Ringmaster owner of the circus, Anna Conda the bearded lady and snake charmer, Buster Gutt the Circus Strongman high on steroids, Raisa Legova the enigmatic Russian Trapeze Artiste, Wanda Lust who was Sid's latest conquest, or perhaps Sven Garlic and Benny the Swedish ventriloquist.
Fortunately amid reams of paper and clues and plenty of red herrings a winning team solved the mystery and carted off the wine.
Will Inspector Hugh Dunnit need to make a return visit?
Austerity was not in evidence at this year's themed evening as we tried to re-live the good parts of the 1940's.
Ration books and waist lines were forgotten as we dined and wined 'late' (for us) into the evening accompanied by the voices of Vera Lynn and Gracie Fields.
The catering volunteers were up to their usual high standards providing us with a meal of ample portions of Cottage Pie and veg. followed equally large helpings of Apple Pie and Custard.
Following the meal, members of the social performed memorable? sketches and monologues as well as a session of Bingo. The evening was rounded off with a rousing chorus of community singing. Those white cliffs will never be the same again!