Tamesis Club

30 members enjoy WMWP Xmas lunch

Thirty members of the Tamesis Wednesday Morning Working Party joined each other in a riotous lunch at The Adelaide pub on Wednesday 20 December organised by Jim Green. He opened proceedings by asking members to stand in silence in memory of former members who have passed away.

They then enjoyed a three course lunch which included soup, turkey with all the trimmings, Christmas pudding and brandy sauce.

Nicky Chavasse, by long tradition, opened the hilarious part of the proceedings with an amusing poem. Colin Stokes, Charles Fox and others called upon members to share a glass in recognition of Committee members and all who did unpaid work for the Club, and Commodore Carolyne Vines brought the house down with a story of a marriage of convenience arranged entirely by computers using social media links.

Fascinating Talk on Kempton Steam Museum

The Kempton Steam Museum can be seen from the A316

Peter Simpson who has volunteered at the Kempton Steam Museum since the 1990s gave a fascinating talk to a very interested audience on Thursday 7th December. This massive steam engine was responsible for pumping water all round London until 1980 when it was shut down and replaced with electric pumps.

Peter joined a group of volunteers who have slowly renovated the enormous ‘Triple’ shown below.  The engine is housed in the massive building shown above.  It is now up and running on certain weekends in the year.  The talk was a complete eye opener to the dedication of the volunteers on this massive project, and the amazing engineering involved.

Megan and her team provided an excellent meal of sausages and mash followed by a lovely Tart Tatin.

The enormous ‘Triple’

Tamesis Christmas Lunch

About 130 members and guests enjoyed a tasty four course lunch in a snowbound clubhouse on Sunday 10 December. Commodore Carolyne Vines welcomed everybody and called on Stewart Colley, the OOD, to say Grace. Santa gave presents to young and old and Carolyne thanked all who had prepared and served the food and laid the tables. They were all loudly applauded. Christmas pudding prizes were presented to the winners of the morning’s races.
Brian Southcott led the carol singing which he brought to an end with a table by table chorus of On the 12 days of Christmas.

Some more pictures capturing the wintery weather braved by the intrepid sailors and officers on the day, and the well practised carving team at work!


Young Stars Topped the Prize Giving

Ed Medcalf – youngest crew
Sixty members attended the Annual Prize Giving on Saturday 25th November, which took the form of a three course dinner interspersed with the giving out of the prizes.
Sailing Secretary Brian Timbrell had prepared the table beautifully, and was very ably assisted by Rear Commodore Sailing, Chris Pollard who announced the prize winners.  Commodore Carolyne Vines presented the prizes.
The proceedings were lightened up at the end by the presentation of the Ambassadors prize to Matthew Dalton, for attending Firefly Open Meetings during the year, Dom Chudleigh for his capsize drill, Constantin Gerber for his expert capsizing, and the youngest crew – Ed Medcalf for turning out to crew his dad.
It was great to see so many youngsters there.
The Commodore’s prize went to Peter and Nicky Johnson for their hard work and valuable contribution to the life and running of the club, as Harbour Master and Rear Commodore House respectively.
The Commodore thanked all the helpers from the House Committee, the Wednesday Working Party who prepared the clubroom and of course Anna and her team of helpers who prepared the meal.  We enjoyed mushroom soup, salmon with watercress sauce, new potatoes and veg, followed by a selection of desserts.
Please see the link below for a complete list of prize winners.