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News and Views 2016

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The Star Pub - Card Swap December 2016


A crisp but bright and sunny Saturday morning made the journey to the Star Public House very pleasant indeed. Twenty eight Surrey members and one youngster gathered at the Star Pub for our annual Christmas Card Swap.

The gathering was extra special, as this year it’s the 95th Anniversary of the inauguration of Surrey DA, which took place way back in 1921.

To mark the occasion the participants were presented with tokens, complements of Surrey DA, entitling them to a reduction on the cost of their chosen food and drink. A gesture gratefully accepted by all, as cards were swapped around the Restaurant.

Food and drinks were ordered and everyone tucked in to hearty portions of their chosen meals. The sun continued to shine and soon the dining room (especially reserved for our ‘party’) become almost tropical, whereupon most felt moved to divest their outer winter wrappings.

Everyone was so engrossed in their friendly chit chat, catching up with old friends, their plans for the coming festive season and where they are planning to roam, in the New Year, the time slipped past unnoticed. Alan circulated a list of the DA’s meets and events for 2017 which in turn attracted a couple more volunteer stewards to fill in the blanks.

Reluctantly, we eventually gathered our coats and headed for the door, wishing all seasonal greetings as we departed. The sun continued to shine and the journey home proved equally pleasant. We can’t help wondering how just long the unseasonably good weather will last???

Jenny and Dave.


Further to Surrey DA meet reports previously submitted, we had a decent turnout when we stewarded the Surrey DA meet at Sussex Farm in September, for the Last Night Of The Proms.

We recognise that the site is extremely popular anyway, mainly because the grass is always nice without being a lawn you are frightened to walk on, it is close to the village centre and local brewery, with a traditional butchers and a good Fish & Chip shop. Views and walking are not bad either, the site being adjacent to the Downs Link and not far from the river Adur.

Friday evening was a great fun night using the Surrey DA skittles alley, which is mostly level but not always in the same direction. Saturday, The Last Night of the Proms, with its famous party atmosphere makes for a tremendous social evening. The marquees are up, there is a large screen projection of the BBC coverage, everyone is there with their Union Flags et al, and all this is preceded by a freshly cooked hot dog.

The site was busy with 26 units on site, most of which were Surrey DA, the remainder being visitors from several different DAs. As most of these units are regulars at this event, surprisingly everyone took up the optional hot dogs, so perhaps they are not so bad after all.

Pat & Mick Bridger

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