The Annual Dinner and Awards night:
This has been provisionally set for Saturday 5 June as past experience tells us that if the committee doesn’t crack on and sort out a date, then potential venues are very quickly booked up.
Organising this event can prove a nightmare and committee member Will Edwards has taken on the role of getting prices from potential venues.
But, in the interests of all players and club members having some input into the evening, we would welcome your views on where you would like your dinner to be staged.
In order to speed things up a bit, and also to explain some of the reasoning that takes place every year, these are some of the comments committee members have received in the past and some of the arguments both for and against those suggestions:
“We don’t want to go out of Presteigne”
Fair enough, but this generally means the dinner either has to be at the Football Club itself, or at the Memorial Hall. We have already had people telling us they don’t want the ‘do’ at the clubhouse this year as they drink there every week after games which is a valid point. Also, if there were to be more than around 85 at the dinner, it would be very crowded for the meal. Others are against holding it at the Memorial Hall as it is felt it can lack atmosphere due to most people crowding in the bar after the meal etc.
“It is about time we went somewhere different”
Ok, so what are the possibilities? We have been to Luctonians in the past and this is a terrific venue – not least for the committee, as the vast majority of the work is done for us. Lucs organise the catering and the place is spacious, modern and well decorated. But, understandably, this comes at a cost – a cost that would then be reflected in the ticket price. On top of this, there is the issue of transport to and from Kingsland, so you can safely say this would add a minimum of a fiver to the cost of a ticket.
“Isn’t there anywhere else we could go?”
Clearly not in Presteigne. But other suggestions that have been made are: Knighton Community Centre (some think it is too big and you would need hundreds in there to make it feel like a good ‘do’) – The Metropole and the Commodore Hotels in Llandrindod (Will is going to cost these out and see what we could get for our money). But with all three of these venues, the transport issue would come into play so this would add to the overall cost.
So, over to you!
All serious suggestions will be taken on board, so if you have a view on where the dinner could be held that is both realistic and likely to be cost effective, then why not email us and let us know? All comments will be passed on to Will Edwards and the committee.
FIFA 10 tournament
Wednesday 30 December
Committee member Will Edwards was the man behind this innovative new feature on the club’s social calendar and it proved a success on a number of levels.
“It was a great day as over 30 entrants of all ages braved the latest ice age to support the club and we have got to be pleased with that,” he said.
“The overall winner of the competition was Jamie Layton-Morris from Old Radnor who beat Niall Charles 4-2 in the final amd who collected the prize money of £50.oo and a FIFA 10 T-shirt kindly donated by Tom Ammonds,” he added.
Will said it was refreshing to see the younger members coming to the fore and they had taught some of their supposed elders and betters a lesson or two.
“Given the weather conditions, I was surprised by the amount of good gamers who turned out for the day and a number of egos were damaged by players half their age,” he laughed.
“Many thanks to Trevor Gummer and Andy Crowe who assisted in organising the tournament and also thanks to everybody who came down and lent us the televisions and PS3s that were so critical towards the success of the day.
“While we didn’t make a fortune on the day, we did at least break even but the event went a long way towards helping cure a lot of Christmas holiday boredom.”
Presteigne St Andrews Social Club
Saturday 19 December
Presteigne St Andrews’ clubhouse hosted a highly successful music night in the run up to Christmas in which a number of local bands showcased their talents to a packed house.
Will Edwards organised the event and he was grateful for the support highlighting the fact that players from all four teams were in evidence.
“It was a great way to kick off the festive drinking season and there were a number who made the most of the opportunity,” laughed Will.
“There were a host of good bands playing and there was no trouble at all.
“We were pleased there were no complaints from local residents while those attending enjoyed the good deals on the drinks.
“I think we made around £347.00 profit on the night, so we have got to be pleased with that,” he said.
Many thanks to Ali Price for all of her hard work behind the bar and John and Helen Owen who collected money on the door, while we are also grateful to the ex-Presteigne ’legends’ Robbie Gore and “Bomber” who were bouncers for the evening.
Bonfire Night went off with a bang…
Presteigne St Andrews Football Club held its annual bonfire night and fireworks display at Llanandras Park on Saturday 7 November.
Despite the disappointing weather – it bucketed down for much of the early evening – there was still a good turn out for the evening which was just as well as the event was more expensive than ever to put on.
The main reason for this was a dramatic rise in the insurance premium as the club had to increase its premium to £5 million pounds worth of cover.
But this did little to take the edge of what was, by all accounts a really enjoyable evening as the display was in the view of many, as good as we have ever had, if not better.
Many thanks to all of those volunteers who helped out on the night, whether by taking money on the gate, helping marshall the procession, or with the lighting of the fire or the fireworks.
Many thanks, also, to those who turned out on a similarly damp Sunday morning to help with the clear up operation.
The Football Club committee would like to thank both the local Police and fire brigade for their invaluable help in the staging of the event.
Over 30 entrants of all ages braved the third ice age to head down to the Football Club and a great day was head by all.
The overall winner was Jamie Layton-Morris of Old Radnor who beat Niall Charles 4-2 in the final and collected the prize money of £50.00 and a FIFA 10 t-shirt kindly donated by Tom Ammonds.
Will was delighted by the both the turnout and the quality of competition as the ‘young guns’ put some of their supposed elders and betters firmly in their place.
“I was genuinely surprised by the amount of good gamers who made the effort to turn out for the day and a lot of egos were damaged by players half their age,” he said.
“Many thanks to Trevor Gummer and Andy Crowe who assisted in organising the tournament and also thanks to everybody who came down and who helped out by provising televisions and PS3s towards the day.
“In terms of the financial side of things, it was a day that broke even, but went a long way towards helping cure a lot of Christmas holiday boredom,” he added.
Slurred go down a storm…
Seventies revival band Slurred played Presteigne St Andrews Football Club on Saturday 2 October and the following is a brief review of the evening by Tony Wood who was one of those behind the organisation of the night.
The “Slurred” gig was a great success, although only about 60 people attended.
By the end of the evening even the young who came late and bridled at paying (by then, not very much), were up and bopping their butts off.
Everyone who came admitted that it had been an excellent event - one to be repeated.
Certainly the bar takings seemed to be exceptionally good. As for the door – we covered the cost of the band and made a handsome profit – £5-00!
If you would like to learn more about Slurred, then why not take a look at their website?