"And they’re off" well that's what a full house in the Down St Mary Village Hall heard as the first race, on Race Night, got underway. At the end of the 1 Mile 6 Furlong Flat Race, the winners collected their winnings from Race Director Gordon and his trusted Treasurer Janet. It also became very obvious that the Race Form Guide, produced by the celebrated local Tipster, Mr N. O. Chance, was published to confuse, with 6 Furlong sprinters entered into a three and a half mile steeplechase. Therefore, horse selection became a bit of a lottery, with the ladies using Hat Pins and the gentlemen reverting to complicated Algebraic Formulae.
The Race Director had planned to hold 3 races, and then we would have an interlude for the Pasty Supper, but at the end of the third race the King Alfred gremlins took control in the kitchen, when the 120 decibel fire alarm sounded. Unflustered by the alarm the parishioners proceeded to, not exit the hall in an orderly fashion, but continued drinking their wine and chatting amongst themselves, while "all hands to the pumps" action took place in the kitchen, by the cooks. At this point Gordon stepped into the breech and hastily arranged another race, while smoke evacuation drills were performed in the kitchen. We think the problem in the kitchen was caused by either the cooks getting too involved in the third race, or it was lack of experience on that type of oven, but only the King Alfred gremlins know the real reason.
Supper of pasties, pies and quiche were finally served after the fourth race, and I must say, they were delicious, so good, that I, and many others had seconds. The cooks really stood up to the mark in true Dunkirk fashion, so I really don't know what all the fuss was about in the kitchen.
Supper was followed by the raffle, and another four races, and the good news was no one lost their shirt, but some came close, only breaking even on the last race. The whole evening was acknowledged as a huge success, raising £262.19 for the Village Hall, and providing a talking point for many years to come.
The Village Hall Committee would like give a very special thanks to Gordon and Janet Robinson the proprietors of The Devonshire Dumpling, Morchard Road, for giving up their free time to organise the video racing, and making it a most enjoyable evening. To our Sommelier, John Appleyard, for his expert knowledge of wine, and finally a special thanks must go to the ladies in the kitchen, who through thick and thin, came up trumps.
Village Hall Dates for your diaries.
Children's Halloween Party, 4pm Saturday 31st October, SORRY SOLD OUT.
Christmas Fayre 2pm Saturday 5th December.
Includes Children’s Fancy Dress Competition, with Cake, Scarves, Planter and Bird Box Stalls, Lucky Dip Bran Barrel. Christmas Grotto with Father Christmas arriving at 3:30pm.
Any ideas for future Village Hall Events please let a member of the committee know or e-mail the Parish Website at email@example.com
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