Portcullis Club Chairman’s Report October 2017

There have been quite a few changes to the Portcullis Club in the last quarter, and if you have not been to the Club lately, you are in for a pleasant surprise.

The marquee that was alongside the clubhouse has now been placed on a tarmac base and is carpeted with astro-turf throughout by Fred Willis. A full size bar is now installed and there is space for events under cover outdoors.

Behind the marquee, Phil Holmes has cleared all the weeds and debris to uncover the original tarmac surrounding the club during its occupation by the R.A.F. He has created flower borders and installed 8-seater picnic tables all of which gives a secluded area for members and families to enjoy a drink and a chat on fine days.

The new marquee and outdoor area, aptly nicknamed, the ‘Centre Court’, has been much used during the summer when our various events took place. The club was booked by the Harley-Davidson Motorcycle Club in August with many riders coming from as far away as Guernsey; they thoroughly enjoyed their long weekend at the Portcullis and will be back next year.

Our regular events, the Kenley & Caterham Hot Rod, Custom Car and Bike Show were well attended, as was the Sky Heroes day and Battle of Britain Memorial Sunday. These events need plenty of time to plan and organise and much thanks is due to our band of enthusiastic volunteers who so willingly give their time.

"The new marquee and outdoor area, aptly nicknamed, the ‘Centre Court’, has been much used during the summer when our various events took place."

Our next big event is Guy Fawkes Bonfire Night on the 4th November. The Club will be open for Club members & their guests from 6:30pm with the usual huge bonfire, firework display, and selection of hot food. This year there will be a nominal entry charge to cover the cost of the fireworks but the display will be bigger and better than ever! Details will posted on the website and the Portcullis News Facebook page.

Our Club is, as always, a warm and welcoming place to spend a Sunday afternoon or a Tuesday evening, as we head towards the short days of winter.

Best Wishes. Ron Aspinwall, Club Chairman.