Audrey Batten's funeral
Friday 14th November, 2.30pm
Westerleigh Crematorium BS37 8QP
Reminder - Annual Celebration Supper and Prizegiving
Saturday 8th November, bar open 6.45, meal served promptly at 7.15
18-24 year olds - a fantastic opportunity
The Sailing Committee would be delighted to hear from anyone who might like to be nominated for this amazing opportunity: A competition open to someone age 18-24 to sail the China to USA leg of the Clipper race in March/April 2016
Closing date is November 6th (has to be at the the foundation by 14th). If you are interested please complete an application form and send it to Helen Martin, Vice Commodore
Sad News of Club Member Audrey Batten.
As some of you may have already heard Audrey Batten sadly passed away on Saturday October 25th just a few months short of her 90th Birthday.
Later on she became involved in club affairs, firstly helping keep a record of all the club trophies, and then for over 20 years she worked hard running the galley at the Club with hot pasties being one of the specialities she served up for hungry racers. She loved to chat and keep abreast of what was happening and took a keen interest in all the news and activities of club members. Just about everybody knew Audrey, and Audrey knew everybody ! She was enough of a character to be featured in the Chew Book, along with Max, as they both for many years had contributed to, and became substantial figures of, the Club, and consequently they together had been awarded joint Life Membership.
Audrey had not been well in recent years, following deteriorating health and a series of mini strokes, but although frail, she remained reasonably mobile, although spending most of her time sitting in her favourite chair. However, with the help of daily visits by her caring family and friends she had been able to continue living alone in her own bungalow home at Frenchay. Despite her failing health, she continued to be keenly interested in everyone, club members included, and was fully alert, lucid and chatty right up to her final stroke on Saturday.
She is survived by their two sons Chris and ‘young’ Max who both were active sailing members of the Club for many years, and now Alex, one of her four grandchildren is also a current member. Tim, whose wedding she managed to attend last year, and David & Amanda are the other three grandchildren. Recently Audrey had a lovely picture taken with her new great-granddaughter Matilda. She will be so sadly missed by her loving family and friends alike.
Dot & David Macklin
Those of you who drive around the valley with your eyes open – and I hope you all do – cant fail to notice the Scarecrows that have been put in place again this year; some 129 of them in all.
Well that’s because the annual October appeal on behalf of a young lad named Harvey Hext, who is suffering from Neuroblastoma, is upon us again. I don’t intend to go into the details of his illness because these and details of his appeal can be found on his website by typing “Fan Harvey Hext – Justgiving” into your browser or Google.
Mary and I felt it about time that we both, together with the Sailing Club, got involved in this, a community charity and so we have made our own scarecrow. It now proudly stands at the outer entrance gate to the club. No, it’s not the best exhibit in the valley but it is there to draw your attention to the charity appeal. By the way it is supposed to represent Captain Pugwash as he would appear in modern day sailing apparel.
Our Commodore Mike Thompson has given his blessing to the club making a donation; something that I assume will require rubber stamping by the General Committee. Also a donation box is now sited on Georges Bar. I am sure George wont object!
All we ask is that you put in any spare change (or notes) that you may have in the box to support a deserving cause.
Brian and Mary Brooks H2