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To arrange some fantastic sporting events, said our West of Scotland Branch. John Barnard, Branch Secretary reports...

“Hamilton Park has been staging thoroughbred flat racing since 1792 and as Scotland’s most high profile racecourse it’s now part of Scotland’s great sporting heritage” said John “The annual Braveheart Night is one of the most popular nights of the season, combining excitement with glamour and speed. It’s also a highlight on the calendar of the West of Scotland Lighthouse Club Branch.

This year was no exception. Our private marquee with its own bar and big screens was packed with over 200 members and supporters who arrived to enjoy a grand day out and maybe place a bet or two. We’ve always enjoyed the services of a professional tipster; this year BBC Scotland’s Gordon Brown was there to give racing advice, although I personally stepped in to help out some of our ladies. Thanks to the generosity of all there, the auction held by Chairman, Andy Carruthers was a great success as was the event as a whole raising £1,400 for our Benevolent Fund”.

We’ve ‘Scot’ What it Takes…

John Barnard told us “We never tire of playing at Drumpellier. Established in 1894 it’s one of Glasgow's most popular courses having seen its fair share of amateur and professional golfers. The par four 17th at just 270-yards is just one of many great holes which would challenge even the finest players whilst the stunning scenery makes playing there a sheer pleasure.

Once again Golf Covenor Willie Paterson did a fantastic job of organising the event which was extremely well supported with 53 players turning out to compete and once again we enjoyed glorious weather for our day.

Competition was fierce, but at the end of the day the Shield for Best Scratch was presented to Alan Best of Murray Plant while ex Branch Treasurer, Jim Richardson won the handicap section.

Another extremely successful event which raised over £2,000 for the Benevolent Fund”.

It’s ‘Par-Tee’ Time

It was high jinks and mischief all the way as members of our Nottingham Branch played truant on the River Trent dressed as St Trinians...

Event Organiser Pete Greaves (aka Flash Harry) reports “This is the 12th Anniversary for our River Trent Cruise and the popularity grows every year, in fact we sold out even before we advertised. Everyone embraced the theme, usually we award a prize for the best effort, but this year it proved impossible.

Our ‘School Dinner’ was superb as the team on the Nottingham Princess served us with a delicious beef, pork & turkey buffet with all the trimmings. No lumpy mash potatoes here!!!

We had some fantastic prizes donated for the raffle and ‘Head Girls’ for the day Teresa, Prisca and Jo put in a sterling effort, selling so many tickets they went straight to the Top of the Class. Our Headmaster (Chairman) Eddie Pollard then took control of

the draw after which it was time to let our hair down at the School Disco with the resident DJ playing some banging dance tunes.

Sincere thanks to T C Harrison JCB, Maxwell Building Group, Tanbury Builders, Lambert Car Sales, AB Components, Lafarge Aggregates, Jordan Surfacing and Mertrux & Breedon Aggregates for their corporate donations and to those who donated individually.

All in all we had a ‘Prefect’ day!”

Next year’s trip is Sunday 8th July 2012 with a Mexican theme.

Contact Pete on 01623 458354 to register your interest.

Too Cool For Skool!

At a much slower pace than the horse racing, but no less competitive and equally exciting, West of Scotland followed the successful night at the races with their Annual Golf Day…

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