Xmas Fuddle - Monday 17th December 2018
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The car park was full to bursting as members gathered for this long awaited festive event in our calendar. It was nice to see Chris and Aly here from out of France.
Two games of pétanque was played in good humour, whilst several of our ladies prepared the food for the Fuddle. The tables were groaning with food most of which had been donated by our generous members. It looked wonderful and our appreciation goes to Sue Scholes, Gillian Young, and the twins Carol and Paddy plus Ian and Neville for setting it all up. Apologies if I have left anyone out
Soon, it was time to call in our members who were enjoying the exceptionally pleasant weather.
It didn't take long to put a dent in the gastronomic extravaganza laid before us and the hubbub of chatter decreased a couple of notches.
The variety and quantity of food matched the quality and soon everyone was either recharging their plates or moving on to the huge display of sweets and cheese & biscuits.
After everyone had had their fill, it was presentation time.
Harry recounted the competition that we had been playing at each month end and how members had enjoyed those Mondays, whether it was winning the month end trophy or a fanny trophy. Neville had produced 4 lists of interesting stats which altered the outcome of where members were placed. Three indicated that Jim Campey would have been top of the leader board twice and second on another list. But it was the official list which used points scored month by month which counted towards glory and on this list Jim came in second place, just one point behind this years winner... Stuart Bolton. Many congratulations Stuart, that was a close result but well deserved. Harry presented Stuart with a trophy to keep.
Stuart thanked everyone who had played with him in this competition and helped him to victory.
Harry remarked that the stats also showed that the top 24 positions were filled by 12 men and 12 women. Alas, 9 of the top 10 were men. Nevertheless, we also present a trophy to the top scoring lady, and coming in at joint eighth was Christine Whitehead, just one point ahead of Cheryl Green. Christine was amazed and delighted to win a trophy, but it is only fair to promote the competition for both genders. Who knows, with our unique, but fair and encouraging scoring system, next year it could be a lady winning and a gent as runner up.
Next up was the raffle and Jackie had been working really hard over several weeks selling raffle tickets at every opportunity. Members had again been exceptionally generous with about 32 prizes and one major prize of a basket full of goodies.
Then Viv stood up and expressed thanks to everyone involved in making today such a splendid event. Also, she thanked the committee and especially our esteemed secretary (comment added by Nev - Harry's too modest) for all they do behind the scenes to give us all the friendly club experiences throughout the year. More applause.
All too soon, it was time to call it a day and members bade their farewells and Christmas wishes and headed home but not before a crack team of cleaner-uppers set to work putting the club back in order. Although Jim and Christine seemed to be having a bit of bother with the vac. I think it should have been plugged in guys !!
Thank you everyone for another memorable Christmas Fuddle and personal thanks from Anne to you all for your kindness and friendship.
Happy Christmas everyone.
Mirfield Pétanque Club Secretary.