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East Glos Club Celebrates 125 Years


East Glos Club Celebrates 125 Years and Hosts Macmillan Cancer Support Biggest Coffee Morning in the World - Friday 24th September 2010.

Celebrating 125 years as a Club, East Glos’ new Club Manager Simon Harmer welcomed Cheltenham Mayor Councillor Anne Regan, Martin Horwood MP and Macmillan County Chairman Daphne Carr to a feast of tempting stalls.

Organiser and Club Member Concetta Knee said “To put on an event like this it is only possible when everyone pulls together. Prior to the day Margaret Pedrette, Trustee at East Glos and Keiko Hirano, Social Secretary and I visited the Macmillan offices to get all the wonderful promotional material that the Charity has for use at events throughout the year. Because I have been running this for 5 years now we are able to recycle and re-use a lot of the material such as banners and collecting boxes and just need a strip with a new date. The bunting this year certainly added a festive atmosphere.”

“Each year I try and introduce one or two new stalls and invite others back that are favourites with our visitors and Club members. For the first time we had a fabulous range of decorations from Christmas Style and the Club caterers Ginger Jam baked up a storm of locally sourced home-baked cookies and jams for everyone to taste and buy.

Cheltenham based international author Sally Grindley was signing books, including her latest pre-teen novel Bitter Chocolate. Other stalls included children’s toys and books, Pampered Chef, addicted2craft card kits, Phoenix Cards, Forever Living and beautiful, but very different jewellery from Swoon, Imadjin and Andrea Davis. The day wouldn’t be complete without Hortense Cartwright with her cornucopia of fashion accessories and ideas on how to use them.”

An early start and help from Simon Harmer, Stuart and Paul the EG groundsmen, and about 10 other volunteers ensured a prompt start at 10.00 a.m. to welcome the “early birds” and keep the event running smoothly throughout the morning. An estimated 150 – 200 members, guests and the general public came through the doors.

Generous donations of prizes from all the stall holders and Club members ensured the Grand Raffle was a star attraction again. Macmillan County Chairman Daphne Carr drew the raffle ably assisted by Stuart Knee.

Having raised just over £1,000 last year it was a tough act to follow but this year they were delighted to have collected an amazing £956.00 on the day, with more donations still coming in, for this wonderful local charity. “I cannot thank everyone enough for helping to make the day such a huge success.” A delighted
Concetta commented.

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