International Night – 8th March 2018
President Tony welcomed everyone to International Night.
He was delighted to welcome our special guests Ray Clark and his wife Shelley and Eva Lewellen. It was also good to see Colin Hance, IPP Harwich RC and his wife Gillian, and members of Clacton 41Club, Simon Anselmi, Matt Bareham, Richard Weeks and John Kemp, not forgetting, of course, the wives and partners of members.
PP Dick Farrow was called upon to say Grace, which was appropriate for the occasion.
Before a pleasant meal, efficiently served as ever, PP Brian Naylor explained the need for generosity in the purchase of tombola tickets in the hope of winning some of the impressive array of prizes. As one would expect from BN this was an efficient and seamless exercise and raised £256.
Although an informal occasion your traditional and old-fashioned correspondent was delighted to see PP Hollis arrive in a dinner jacket – old habits die…..!
The raison d’etre of the evening was to raise funds for the School of St Jude in Arusha, Tanzania. Our very own Paddy Bellis gave an excellent and very inspiring presentation on her involvement with the school. The aims of the school are, against incalculable odds, to provide free, high quality education by instilling “Respect, Responsibility, Honesty and Kindness” into gifted children who come from very poor, socially deprived backgrounds. Inevitably the running of the school depends on voluntary donations with no government funding. Let us hope that with Paddy’s guidance we can continue to support this most worthwhile project.
PP Brain Henesy, chairman of International was able to announce that the evening has so far raised in excess of £900, including a very generous gift of £500 from the family of the late Ken Lewellen, a much missed member of the club.
President Tony introduced our guest speaker, Ray Clark of BBC Radio Essex talking on “Memories of Pirate Radio”. Ray, with over thirty years experience as a DJ and radio presenter, demonstrated, not only his gift for public speaking, but also his abundant effervescent enthusiasm for his topic.
He took us on a journey from the beginning of offshore pirate ships to the present day. Much emphasis was inevitably about Radio Caroline and it’s near proximity to our own coastline, and his own experience of being a DJ on that iconic vessel.
If you were unable to be present on Thursday and are interested, I suggest purchasing Ray’s book: Radio Caroline-The True Story of the Boat that Rocked”.
After some interesting questions PP Graham Syrett gave an appropriate vote of thanks on behalf of all present.
Congratulations and thanks are due to PP Brian H and his committee for all the hard work in organising a super and successful evening.
Although it was encouraging to resurrect International Night, especially when one of our own members is closely involved in the charity. It was, nevertheless, disappointing that less than 40% of the members were present.