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Costa Blanca 41 Club
​​A place in the sun for the Ex-Round Tabler​​
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Chairman 'Blethers' on!

Another
Year
Over
Another
Year
is
Here






Hello Everyone,

A Happy and Healthy New Year to you all.  Another year begins – where do they go these days!  Each year seems to fly past more quickly than the one that has just gone before.

As you know there were a number health issues with some of our fellow members towards the end of last year.  I am pleased to say that Peter Williamson and Jill Harris are both making good progress with Peter now permitted to fly again and planning to be with us in February and all being well I will see Jill at her Presidential Charity Ball in February the day before we return to Spain.  Paul Ridge is making good progress following his surgery and hopes to be back in Spain sometime in the spring.  Sorry to say I failed in a recent attempt to contact Bob Grainger before preparing this report but the last time we spoke he was making good progress so I am sure we all hope this continues and he is back in Javea before too long. Some of you may know that Edward and Mena were unable to return to Dublin as Mena was re-admitted to hospital following a fall as her wound became infected.  Mena is in Denia Hospital and has been in the intensive care unit since before Christmas.  Eddie tells me that she has improved slightly and is slowly becoming more alert with the infection under control but she is still receiving dialysis to assist her kidney function.  We all hope that it will not be long before she is out of intensive care and on the road to recovery.


Since Elaine and I returned to Lichfield we have managed to keep up with one or two of our members.  We met up with Keith and Paula Beaman at the National Memorial Arboretum when we joined several thousand others at a carol service held out doors on a cold but dry December’s evening.  The Costa Blanca 41 Club connection continued on Hogmanay (New Year’s Eve for the uninitiated!) when we met up with Jim and Deirdre Bradbury and another Past Tabler friend at The Belfry for an excellent seven course dinner in the Ryder Grill Restaurant with a live musical accompaniment followed by a first class fireworks display (as good as Spanish standards!) at midnight to welcome in 2019.  Just to bring the New Year celebrations to a close Elaine and I are due to attend a Festive Drinks Do along with our fellow Lichfield 41ers in Lichfield Guild Hall next Sunday.

As most of you will know, due to the first Wednesday this month being so close to the New Year Holiday, we decided that our regular meeting will be held on the second Wednesday, which is the 9th, with our Social two weeks later on the fourth Wednesday.  There will be another date change next month as far as the Social is concerned with it taking place at our apartment in Jesus Pobre on Wednesday 27th February. That will give Elaine and I a chance to get organised after we return to Spain in mid-February.

Many thanks once again to Vice Chairman Roy and Secretary Jim for keeping things going in my absence.  I look forward to being with you for the remainder of the club year with our Charter Dinner scheduled for Wednesday 20th March and the AGM two weeks later.  That will be another Club year consigned to the record books!

Best Wishes to you all for 2019 from Elaine and I.
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Gordon                                                                           Chairman 2018-19                                                                                                       
                                                             



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