Sunday, 17 February 2013

Retford Charter at the Olde Bell Inn 15th February

Tonight Stuart Limb accompanied by his wife Dorothy drove us to the 76th Charter celebration evening of the Rotary Club of Retford.    We set off in plenty of time and were one of the first few to arrive at the venue.   The Old Bell is a lovely old hotel and the suite where President Paul met his guests had Gail suggesting a weekend there !!!

Dorothy, our driver's wife, an ex-cricketer herself was delighted that the speaker for the evening was that great character, ex Nottinghamshire and England cricketer and a Retford boy himself, Derek Randall.    Derek spoke about his experiences playing cricket, first in his back garden, then for Retford and later for Nottinghamshire and England.   He was excellent entertainment even for non-cricket lovers and in the middle of the football season.

After the excellent meal and before the speaker, I was asked to be part of the presentation of three Paul Harris Fellowships and one Sapphire PHF pin to members of the Retford Club - something that is always a pleasure.

President Paul's wife Elizabeth and Gail receiving bouquets

My thanks to President Paul and Elizabeth for their company and hospitalityand to Stuart and Dorothy for accompanying us.

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