The Gentlemen's Ale Sampling Society
1982-2017 35 YEARS OF BEERS
STEAM ENGINES in THE DOCKYARD
JB organised our visit to get up close and personal with the leviathans of the RAILWAY
We all rode on the footplate of a steam engine at Chatham's Historic Dockyard.
The engine driver and stoker started
preparing the fire at around lunchtime, it was freezing so they bloody needed
Bill, the boss of the Steam Engine section, kindly took us in groups for a chuff around the yard, as the photos below lovingly record.
Once we had alternately frozen our nuts off waiting, and then been burnt to a crisp in the engine room, we departed for the Ghurkha Restaurant in Chatham.
There we proceeded to blow one enormous hole in the budget for the year.
A hole that nicely matched the other, slightly smaller,
budgetary holes we had already blown, leaving us £665 down on target to date.
We may need a discussion on whether we:-
a: Wind our necks in a bit and behave more responsibly over food ordering reflecting on the fact that we only pay £40 a meeting.
b: Agree that
if a meal starts to get a bit heavy then we cough up an extra £20 each.
the monthly fee to £50 forthwith.
I know it is a laugh to over order or be the person who has
ordered the most,
It will always struggle to be a gourmet dining club with
some people happy with one course, others wanting three courses, some happy
with beer, others ordering more expensive wines.
By all means
start a heated email discussion - I think a,b,or c above are the only options
- My choice is b because it is easiest, less admin, no risk of losing members.
I PROPOSE A £20 CHARGE ON THE APRIL MEETING TO PULL IN £400 WHICH WILL HELP TO US BACK ON BUDGETARY TRACK.
(unless of course I am deposed by a palace coup in the meantime - and we all know what happened the last time!)
SO BACK TO THE PUFFING BILLIES....
Many thanks to Bill and his team for a great night out chuffing.
See you with your balloon hats on at the next meeting ......