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Worthing Weekend - 26-28 Jan 2018

The Chatsworth Hotel.  A bit like slipping into a pair of well loved (and worn) slippers.  Such a familiar and well liked location.  Almost home from home as, for many of us, this was not our first visit.  Looking at Muriels's commentary from a year ago I can only report that according to our own diaries this was our fifth visit with the Allingham.  Many of the arrivals came before lunch and dispersed in different directions or stayed at the hotel for lunch.  The usual anticipation of a fun weekend of bridge was clearly in the air.
The first of the four weekend bridge sessions commenced at 15:15 once all 36 enthusiasts had gathered in a spacious room already prepared for play.  A perfect number for a Mitchell movement.  Briefly interrupted by coffee, tea and biscuits the session ended with enough time allowed to freshen up and have a drink or two before dinner.
Dinner on both evenings was served in a private dining room, as was breakfast on both mornings and lunch on Saturday.  The round tables of eight encouraging members to mix and socialise.  Comments I heard from many members rated the quality of the meals as very good though I have to say that when I tried the vegetarian option on the second evening it did nothing to convert me, as a confirmed carnivore, to a vegetarian lifestyle!  The staff however were courteous, efficient and attentive.
After dinner, on the Friday, tradition has it that a quiz is organised.  Although not quizzers ourselves I am given to understand that it was well received and enjoyed by all with many challenging topics to test the knowledge of the teams.  After lunch on Saturday the free time before the third bridge session allowed those with a wander lust to venture out for walks and some fresh air.  However, as we discovered the wind was anyting but light and certainly served to blow away any cobwebs.  The wind was soon followed by the rain and a soaking for those unfortunate enough to be caught out.
And so on to Sunday.  The customary team play where you endeavour to not let your team down.  This is a fun session of bridge but, with a prize for the highest scoring team to be grabbed, no less serious.
And so the weekend away reached its climax with prizes distributed to the winners of all sessions.  Well earned rewards also to the directors: Nina, Rosemary, Phil and Richard for managing the sessions, to the quiz organisers: Liz assisted by Margaret for an evening of entertainment, and special thanks to Liz who tirelessly completed the scoring after every session and to Audrey, the organiser, for a weekend that ran so smoothly from start to finish, aided and assisted by the staff of the Chatsworth Hotel from the front desk, through to the kitchen staff, the bar staff and the cleaning staff who kept our rooms clean and tidy.
We all had another enjoyable weekend and, as every time we have visited the Chatsworth, extraordinary value for money.
Kris Czarnecki
Fri pm N/S Audrey & Phil E/W Jane & Gerri
Sat am N/S Liz & Phil E/W Nina & Rosie
Sat pm N/S Rosie & Barbara E/W Phil & Jane
Sun am teams: Margaret & Liz and Keith & Val
Well done Phil on achieving a hat trick!!

Worthing Weekend - 26-28 Jan 2018
Last updated : 1st Feb 2018 16:06 GMT
Xmas Social 2017
Xmas Social 2017

Members arrived on Monday 18 to be greeted with a glass of punch or wine and enjoyed socialising before starting bridge.  After the 'hat' competition which was won by Sally Mackinlay and Val Simpson the bridge commenced.  During the tea/coffee break mince pies were served.  A great evening and many thanks to all Santa's little helpers.

Last updated : 23rd Dec 2017 14:53 GMT
St Leonard's Weekend - 6-8 Oct 2017

En route to the year's venue - The Royal Victoria Hotel at St Leonard's on Sea - memories of an earlier trip to Hastings via The Front at St Leonard's came to mind: a long and far from distinguished strip of dusty looking buildings.  Why had our super scouts, Chris and Richard, chosen such a venue? and how difficult would it be to find a parking place?  Such doubts were, of course, completely unfounded.
St Leonard's seafront in the sun looked magnificent and the hotel was truly splendid, both outside and in, with its high ceilings and beautiful wood carved staircase.  The young Princess Victoria stayed here, so all in all we were in good company!  Talk amongst our Group was of large comfortable rooms and suites and a beautiful dining room.  But enough about the hotel because as we all know, it is the people that make our Bridge weekends and what a friendly lot we are! - some taking their Bridge more seriously than others and never a cross word - well apart from our goodselves of course!
Friday has traditionally been a relaxed Quiz Night with friendly rivalry within the teams.  Our Quizmaster on the night was Liz Booth, who got us scratching our heads for inspiration over some of the anagrams and dingbats.  It was fun but we did hear the odd comment that men were better at general knowledge than dingbats etc.  No comment!  The winning team was "5 go mad in Sussex".
Saturday presented itself as a blustery, grey day but the weather did not deter many of us striding out to explore the mysteries of St Leonard's and Hastings, or just taking the air.  Most agreed that the area was interesting with plenty of renovation taking place at this quiet time.
For those of you who have not yet sampled one of the Allingham Weekends, this hotel was bit special.  Nothing but praise for the excellent food and the friendliness of the staff.  Thanks Chris.  Lots of us would love to return with Allingham soon.
Mary & Roger
Fri pm N/S Gail & Tony E/W Rebecca & Terry
Sat am N/S Gwen & Eddie E/W Liz & Margaret
Sat pm N/S Gain & Tony E/W Muriel & Ron
Sun am teams: Ann & Dawn and Gerri & Audrey

St Leonard's Weekend - 6-8 Oct 2017
Last updated : 11th Oct 2017 09:12 BST
Skittles 2017

On a pleasant October evening 23 jolly folk bowled down Limpsfield's leafy lanes to enjoy another sociable night of Skittles at the Royal British Legion Club.  After everyone had arrived Kathy organised the teams, appropriately named Diamonds, Hearts and Spades, then the tournament was soon under way.  There were three rounds and competition was fierce.  With three balls to knock down 9 pins, surely it should have been easy enough to topple the target, but somehow too many balls seemed to find a path through the gaps!  Round one was a straight forward test of skill and accuracy.  In round two it helped to be ambidextrous as the "bowl with the other hand" rule was imposed.  The third round involved bowling with both hands.  For some, two hands proved better than one, whilst a few found that it proved a challenge for their stability.  But all handcaps were overcome with ingenuity and a little help from a friend, and what was lacking in ability was made up for in enthusiasm.
Half way through the evening there was a break for food, and with the famous chips on the menu again, it did not disappoint.
With the scores totted up prizes were awarded.  Hearts was the winning team with 120 points.  The "Best Man" was Richard Shepherd, with 19 points and "Frist Lady" was Gina Fernall, with 18 points.
All in all, it was a very enjoyable evening.  Many thanks to Kathy for organising this early Autumn treat for the Allingham.
Hazel Crowson

Skittles 2017
Last updated : 10th Oct 2017 12:14 BST
25th Anniversary Dinner

Our 25th Anniversary Dinner was held on the 30 June 2017 at the Reigate Manor Hotel.  We had been informed that the dinner was to be held to celebrate our 25th Anniversary some time ago.  We chose what we wanted to eat from the menu provided so all we had to do was turn up.  
Everyone arrived looking lovely in their party best and were greeted by champagne/orange juice, which was served in the entrance sitting area.  We all had to hand in our tickets to go in the tombola drum for the draw for the 'winning ticket' at the end of the evening.
On the table just inside the entrance to the Ballroom cards were placed, in alphabetical order, on which our names and menu choices were printed.  This was very helpful as I for one could not remember what I had chosen!  On each table was a 'gift' anniversary pen and a magnificent flower arrangement with a candle in the middle, which were created by Val Simpson.
The evening went really well.  It started with an introduction from Gerri Schofield and was then followed by the food and wine, which was very good.  
After the main course there were talks by Kathy Winter and Jim Millmore, both of which were very interesting and amusing.  We were then given two quizzes.  One was baby photos of committee members and helpers, organised by Chris Denham, and we had to identify who they were.  The other, organised by Liz Booth, was questions based on what happened in 1992 - the year Allingham Bridge Club was formed.  
Finally, we were served with plates of anniversary cake which was made by Karen Ivins' daughter.  The cake was impressive, as well as delicious, and featured, appropriately playing cards.
Whilst enjoying coffee and mints the results of the quizzes were announced by Hazel Crowson, resulting in an amusing dash to supply the answer to a tie-breaker, and prizes awarded.  The draw for the 'winning' ticket was then made by Anne Jackson, a founder member, and the prize given to Gail Sperring.
Finally, the winners of the Allingham Cup were announced by Ann Calverley and the cup presented to Jeremy Trezise and Andy Cassin - congratulations!
All in all it was a wonderful evening, beautifully organised, and I'm sure we would like to express our thanks to all who were involved in arranging the event.  A great success.
Audrey Baker

Last updated : 3rd Jul 2017 14:48 BST
Allingham Golf Day - 2 June 2017
Allingham Golf Day - 2 June 2017

The sun shone as 8 Allingham golfers (Lars and his seven ladies!) met at Tilgate Forest to enjoy a delicious bacon bap before heading off to the golf course.  Good weather was enjoyed for the front 9 but the weather turned on the back 9 and the golf suffered on a few holes!  The best score on the front 9 was Gerri and the back 9 was Mary W and Freda who tied.  As is tradition we all tucked in to ham, egg and chips and after the prizes were awarded headed off having enjoyed a great day.  Many thanks to Mary W for organising.

Last updated : 5th Jun 2017 15:58 BST
Winter Holiday to Spain - 2-9 March 2017
Winter Holiday to Spain - 2-9 March 2017

On a cold March morning 45 intrepid travellers met at Gatwick for our annual winter trip to the sun.  Our destination this year being Hotel Fuerte El Rompido near the town of Huelva in Spain.  After an uneventful flight with BA we landed at Faro airport in Portugal, where there is a massive construction and extension programme in process.  We boarded our coaches that took us over the border and into Spain.  During the journey we were amazed at the sight of acres of polytunnels in which, our transfer guide explained, the strawberries that end up in our supermarkets are grown.  We also saw a new venture by a large German company that has bought up large tracts of land and are growing cranberries.  On arrival at the hotel we were told to leave our luggage and make our way to the dining room and our bags would be delivered to our rooms.  We were interested to find that this was the first day they had been open for the season.  The hotel was impressive, the rooms were comfortable with a view of the garden or the river.  The facilities were good with an indoor heated pool, spa, gym and of course the outdoor pools which were a little cool to use but the sunbeds were put to good use!!  The staff were all cheerful, willing and spoke good English.  The food was excellent and varied but some of the hot dishes could have been hotter.  The bridge room was large, comfortable and well lit albeit a little cold at the beginning of the holiday.
The first three days were overcast with some rain in the morning but cleared up most afternoons.  The weather for the rest of the week was glorious with temperatures around 26 degrees.  The local bus services was used by the more adventurous with visits to Heulva and Cartaya.  Being situated in a nature reserve there were walking trails which many members took advantage of.  Excursions were numerous and varied and included trips to Punta Umbria and Huelva (which is famous for its connection to Christopher Columbus) and a trip to the Portuguese village of Ayamonte on the Guadiana River with a ferry trip back across the border to the Spanish village of Vila Real de San Antonio.  A day trip to Seville was popular as was a bird watching trip led by very knowledgeable guides.  Those who stayed behind indulged in card and board games, which were great fun and enjoyed by all.
The bridge was organised by Ann, ably assisted by a group of enthusiastic directors.  There were a few ups and downs during the week but this all added to the fun!  There was prize-giving ceremony on Weds lunchtime with a variety of members collecting prizes.  Unfortunately the Allingham Holiday Cup winner could not be announced as the final night had to be played Weds evening and could not be scored until our return to the UK.  (This has now been scored and our champion is Ann).
Thanks were expressed to Roger for his organisation of the holiday, and to all the other people who had helped to make the holiday the success it was.  We are all looking forward to next year.
Eve Moxham
Holiday winners:
Thurs: N/S Lars & Marian E/W Margaret & Liz
Fri: N/S Ann & Rosemary E/W Kris & Krystyna
Sat: N/S Chris & Liz E/W Sheila & Ann
Sun: N/S Lars & Marian E/W Margaret & Liz
Mon: N/S David & Helen E/W Eileen & Ron
Tues: could not be scored
Weds: N/S Audrey & Ina E/W Gerri & Ann
Holiday Cup winner: Ann

Last updated : 13th Mar 2017 15:33 GMT