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Secretary's News 23rd January 2019


New Members

The following are welcomed as new or returning members this month:

  • Mr John Ball (re-instatement)
  • Mr Anthony & Mrs Hilary Goodman
  • Mr Christopher Hewitt (re-instatement)

Bar Rebuild Update

As shown in the photos below, which were taken this afternoon, the work to remove the walls and roof of the old bar structure is on schedule and due to be completed by the end of this week.

The construction of the new external structure will begin on Monday and, weather permitting, is due to be completed within 8-10 days. This will be followed by the installation of the glazing and then work can begin on the interior.

Further to my email yesterday, for health and safety reasons on Tuesday 29th and Thursday 31st January the car park will be closed to vehicles, the back gate will be locked and all those entering and exiting the Club will need to be chaperoned by a member of staff. For more information, please click here.

Please note that, in spite of the building work, Sunday lunch will still be served in the Members' Dining Room.

Barrier Re-coding

The car park barrier will be re-coded on Tuesday 29th January; any barrier cards not yet renewed will therefore stop working from this date. If you are in possession of a barrier card but do not wish to renew it this year, please return it to the Front Office so that we can re-use it.

2019 windscreen stickers will be available to collect from the Member pigeon holes in the foyer from 1st February.

Christmas Squares Draw

Congratulations to all the winners of our fundraising Christmas Squares Draw, which took place at the Commodore’s Christmas Drinks on Sunday 23rd December. First prize of a three course meal for two at the Club was won by Geoff and Vivien Horsnell; second prize of a £40 voucher, which was kindly donated by On the Rocks, went to Geoffrey and Ann Greatorex and third prize of a bottle of Taittinger was won by our very own bar tender Will Neville-Smith!

This year’s draw raised £350 in aid of the Isle of Wight’s Earl Mountbatten Hospice.

The Commodore's wife, Jane Walton, presenting a bottle of Taittinger to Will Neville-Smith

Guess the Amount in the Bottle

At the beginning of the year, member John Veal thoughtfully organised a fundraising “Guess the amount in the bottle” competition to fundraise for new furniture for the first-floor bar. There were prizes of £100, £50 and £25 to be donated from the contents of the bottle for the top 3 guesses, plus a wooden spoon prize for the furthest away from the total.

The 20 pence pieces contained in the bottle were carefully totted up to £866.80 by our Club Steward and the following worthy winners were announced at the Commodore’s Christmas Drinks on Sunday 23rd December:

1st prize – Tony Knaggs, with an unbelievably close guess of £866!

2nd prize – Helen Jones with a guess of £872

3rd prize – Former staff member, Andrew Nutbourne, with a guess of £874.20

The wooden spoon for the furthest away guess went to Win Nicholson, with a very ambitious guess of £9700! Thank you to Mrs Nicholson for donating the spoon to the RSYC kitchen!

Our sincere thanks go to John Veal as £818.80 (£691.80 remaining in the bottle, plus £127 raised in entry fees) has now been added to the fund for new bar furniture.

Yarmouth Old Gaffers’ Festival Committee Grant

Last year our Vice Commodore, Anne Kyle, successfully applied to the Yarmouth Old Gaffers’ Festival Committee for a grant to go towards the maintenance of the Club’s boats. We feel honoured and very grateful to have been one of the lucky recipients of an award of £1500, which the Chairman of the Yarmouth Old Gaffers’ Festival Committee, Debbie Cotton, presented to our Commodore, Tony Walton, in recognition for all that the Royal Solent has done to assist the Old Gaffers’ Festival Committee over the years.  

Debbie Cotton, Tony Walton & Tim Adams (CEO Yarmouth Harbour).

New Year’s Eve Dinner Party

One hundred and eighteen revellers saw in the New Year in style at the Club’s glamorous black and white themed dinner party.

Members and their guests enjoyed a delicious four-course meal, before live music from Island band 'The Accelerators' enticed many onto the dance floor. At midnight the New Year was welcomed in with a glass of Taittinger and a sing-along to the band’s rendition of ‘Auld Lang Syne’.

To view the Isle of Wight County Press’ write-up and photos of this event, please click here

Forthcoming Events - Book Now

  • 6th February, First Wednesday Talk: ‘A Glamorous Model’ – more info
  • 7th February, Scrabble & Backgammon – more info
  • 8th February, Ladies’ Lunch & Talk – more info
  • 14th February, Film Night: ‘Walk the Line’ – more info

Save the Date

  • 15th February, VHF Course & Supper
  • 17th February, Classical Sunday Lunch
  • 20th February, Scottish Country Dancing
  • 21st February, Wine Society
  • 22nd February, Gentlemen’s Lunch

Claire Hallett

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