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Steve Wright reports “Originally a coaching inn, Highgate House has evolved into a superb venue and everyone was really looking forward to the Ball. It was black tie and posh frocks all the way as people arrived to enjoy a glass of something cold which put a bit of fizz into the evening right from the start” laughs Steve. “The award winning chefs produce only the finest cuisine from locally sourced ingredients so we all enjoyed a mouth-watering dinner after which we held a raffle and “Kings and Queens” fundraiser which in total provided a profit of £2,500.

After dinner it was time to party on down to the music of the Audio Pirates a bouncy pop/rock cover band with loads of energy, creating a real party atmosphere with plenty of audience participation by playing a bit of everything including The Beatles, The Who, The Kinks and The Police through to the more modern Kaiser Chiefs and Scouting for Girls with a bit of The Monkees and The Proclaimers thrown in for good measure.

Our thanks to everyone who supported this event which we hope to hold again next year.

Summer ‘Fun’draising!

On a glorious June evening, amid the splendour of Highgate House Hotel; a striking country mansion in the picturesque Northamptonshire village of Creaton over 120 guests assembled to enjoy the East Midlands Branch Annual Summer Ball.

Steve Wright reports “Shooting is one of the fastest growing sports in the UK and can be enjoyed by people of all ages and abilities; this year we held two events at Kibworth Shooting Ground which is located in 30 acres of Rural South Leicestershire making it a perfect setting.

The friendly and experienced staff offer excellent tuition which paid off when one of our beginners hit a total of 19 “birds” from a possible 25. The final “shoot out” for more experienced shooters saw a near perfect 24 out of 25. The ultimate accolade went to Nathan Dove who was named overall winner of our Spring Shoot.

The rain held off for the second event in August allowing beginners and experienced shooters to take their best shot. The winner

this time was Steve Smith who not only achieved the highest score of the day but also won 1st prize in the raffle taking home an Apple ipod.

So far the 4 Clay Shooting events have raised nearly £3000 for our Benevolent Fund. Our sincere thanks to everyone who supports them by attending, donating prizes or helping on the day”.

Aim and Fire…

The East Midlands Clay Shooting Events proved an instant hit with the members. This year’s two event really went off with bang…

Not content with dancing at their Summer Ball and competing against each other at Clay Shoots the East Midland Branch members have also been swinging their clubs on the golf course, proving they really are at the top of their game...

Golfing Events Organiser Ian Oliver reports “We’ve had two successful golfing events so far this year with a third taking place shortly.

The first was held at The Three Locks Golf Club situated just outside of Milton Keynes which provides a real test for all levels of golfer. The course offers a wide variety of holes, with fantastic views of the local area so our 16 golfers were really looking forward to the day and they weren’t disappointed. The teams all played some fantastic holes, but at the end of the day Aggregate Industries captained by Mark Rumary lifted the trophy.

Our next event was played at Overstone Park Golf and Country Club which is rapidly gaining a reputation as one of the best golf courses in Northamptonshire. We had a Member’s Competition, a Non-Members Competition as well as awards for ‘Nearest the Pin’ and ‘Longest Drive’. The event was very well supported with over 20 golfers signing up.

Both events included lunch, 18-holes of golf followed by a superb dinner and prize giving ceremony.

Our sincere thanks to all our players, sponsors and those who helped in any way,

At the Top Of Their Game…

We wish to extend out thanks to Speedy Services who have once again invited members of the East Midlands Branch to their Annual Winning Values Conference to raise awareness of the Lighthouse Club.

The event brings together over 700 Speedy employees and 200 of their Supply Chain Partners to discuss everything from the best way to improve customer service and safety on site to making sure employees have specialist knowledge of the newest most innovative products on the market.

Last year Steve Wright and Valerie Simms from Sir Robert McAlpine volunteered to man the Lighthouse Club Stand and signed up over 100 new members in a single day. Let’s hope they can do the same again!

Recruiting Members in a Speedy Fashion

Our East Midlands Branch has asked that we spare a thought for family, friends and colleagues of Mr Jim Dickens who sadly passed away suddenly earlier this year.

Jim, Managing Director of GRS Roadstone was a staunch Lighthouse Club Supporter, there were very few functions he didn’t attend or support. A keen golfer he particularly enjoyed Golf Days and the Boardroom at GRS proudly displays quite a few of the trophies he won over the years.

He enjoyed a long career in the industry, joining Galliford Roadstone in the seventies as a salesman, later becoming a driving force behind the management buy-out and the creation of GRS Roadstone Ltd. He oversaw the development and expansion of the GRS business, which has placed GRS as a major name in the aggregate industry.

Jim was a true gentleman, popular and well respected within the construction industry. He leaves behind a wife and two sons and is truly missed by all who knew him.



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