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2017

Sat 11 Nov

Poppy Day Tea

poppy field

Afternoon tea with homemade sandwiches, cakes and three lotteries with fantastic prizes. We raised 9400 kr (over £855) for the Poppy Appeal Fund. Thanks to all for giving so generously!

If you could not attend, it is never too late to make a donation, no matter how small, by bank giro 5359-2069, stating your name, address and marked POPPY APPEAL. Thank you for your support to this very worthwhile charity.

Fri 20 Oct

SOCIAL EVENING - Jean's spooky quiz

three ghosts

In which (witch?) we tried to keep our heads while trying to remember who had lost theirs and terrorized unsuspecting visitors to their palaces. And who were those actors who played ghosts with heads still on?

Fri 29 Sept

SOCIAL EVENING - Keith's Pull My Leg game

Andy kept us in order as we tried to mislead each other about whether we were telling the truth or just "pork pies".

Silly walks

Well, if you weren't there to hear the truth behind the lies (or was it the truth?), ask them to spill the beans next time you join us.

Sat 1 July

GET-TOGETHER in Slottsskogen
with the Anglo-Swedish Society

summer get-together

A record 50 people came to the Villa Belparc bistro in Slottsskogen and enjoyed a pleasant afternoon together in glorious sunshine.

John ran an English-style treasure hunt, in which 18 enthusiatic teams and one dog competed. Four teams got all 13 answers correct and had to answer a tie-breaker question. Congratulations to Alexander on using his skill and judgement to scoop up the first prize.

Five teams came second with 12 answers correct and everyone else (including the dog) came third. We are very grateful to Paul at the English Shop in Linné for supplying the wonderful prizes.

Here are the questions and the map, in case you missed it and want to have a go. (Answers available on request.)

Fri 5 May

SOCIAL EVENING - Stéphanie's 1940s music quiz

guitar union jack

In which we were serenaded and sang along while we tried to work out who the singers were and when they were born. Keith knew the songs by heart and even mimicked Winston Churchill so well that we felt ready to fight anyone on the beaches. Peter could remember watching Muffin the Mule (but then, Peter can pretty well remember being born). They were neck & neck, but Peter clinched it on the tie-breaker.

Fri 31 March

SOCIAL EVENING - Limerick Slam

In which Dudley, Susan, John and Catriona managed to win four of the three prizes for their original compositions, which made us giggle, gasp and guffaw.

limerick prize trophy

Susan raised the bar for next year with a limerick trilogy:

Sat 25 February (13:00)

BRITISH CLUB AGM

quiche + wine

Alan White stepped down as Treasurer after 12 years (and many more in the past), though he will remain on the committee. Andy Hodgson was elected as the new Treasurer. Gerry Montgomery resigned from the committee and Peter Martin was elected as a new member (with plenty of past experience on the committee). Monica continues as Club Secretary but Stéphanie will take over the liaison with caterers and Catriona will take over member bookings for events. All other positions are unchanged.

We discussed, among other things, how much to charge for our very popular events in order to keep up with costs.

The meeting was followed by lunch and wine on the house in pleasant company.

Fri 10 February

SOCIAL EVENING - John & Catriona's valentines game

heartJaktslott guests

In which the Secret Admirers and Dancing Queens were the first to make their love matches, but the True Loves, Cupid's Bow and Transported by Love weren't far behind. Even the Lonely Hearts and the One Night Stands got the ones they were hoping for in the end.

Cupid's bow certainly hit the target when Maureen recited The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face. Susan transported us on a brand new pair of roller skates and the whole room jumped on to Vivien's bicycle built for two, although she emphatically assured us that she wanted Only You. Stephanie sang All of Me, whereupon all of us were in awe of her.

Dudley read the wonderful confession of love from Howard to Bernadette (although the names of these unfamiliar characters from The Big Bang Theory went round the room like Chinese Whispers and came back as "How to Burn a Debt??").

Jennifer put a whole new spin on I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, and Gisela couldn't help falling in love with Keith twice, despite the resounding response, "Not tonight, Josephine!".

2016

Sun 11 December

Christmas shopping lunch

Christmas pudding

We enjoyed a friendly tradition and an excellent turkey lunch. The new caterers even got a round of applause.

Sat 12 November

POPPY DAY TEA

A well-attended afternoon tea with homemade sandwiches and cakes, a book stall and an auction. All food was generously supplied by members and gladly consumed by the guests. Our auctioneers Keith and Andy once again cheerfully helped us to see the Christmas-present potential in the donated auction items.

poppy day tea collage

A good time was had by all, and we raised a record 10 000 Swedish crowns for the Poppy Appeal. Thank you, everyone!

Fri 28 Oct (19:00)

Keith's Raconteur of the Year competition

In which:

a raconteur

Fri 23 Sept

Stéphanie's TV jingles quiz

jing jangle quiz

In which we listened to oh-so-familiar theme tunes and hummed along even if we couldn't quite remember which TV programme they belonged to. Stéphanie gave us the extra challenge of matching them to their Swedish titles and we racked our brains some more. It was a dead heat between Sue & Andy and Dudley & Co. Congratulations!

Sat 2 July

'Meet up and mingle' in Slottsskogen park

- in association with the Anglo-Swedish Society

Slottskogen

Members brought friends and family, ate in good company on the veranda at the Villa Belparc bistro, and the intrepid ones set off on John's treasure hunt around the park. Congratulations to the three prizewinners, Sebastian, Lotta and Jussi!

Fri 29 April

SOCIAL EVENING - Keith's Pull My Leg game

In which:

Silly walks

Fri 18 March

SOCIAL EVENING - Limerick slam

In which members and guests made us giggle and gasp at their original compositions, or the best limericks and funniest jokes they had heard somewhere.

limerick prize trophy

The judges, Margaret and Christel, brought a huge prize trophy and took their seats at the bench adorned with toilet-roll court wigs for the toilet humour, but they took their responsibilities very seriously.

Sat 20 February

BRITISH CLUB AGM

A well-attended gathering with lunch and wine on the house. We discussed, among other things, how many guests we can squeeze in at our social evenings and Christmas lunch, and how we can relieve Monica and Sheila of the kitchen duties.

(The committee has since looked at alternative venues in Gothenburg but found them too pricey for our budget. We decided to carry on at the very popular Jaktslott, but with members pitching in to clear up after the meal.)

Fri 13 February

SOCIAL EVENING - John's valentines game

heart

In which Cecilia showed Ingrid Bergman's feminist side, Peter gave a convincing impersonation of Ronald Reagan in his pyjamas and Stephanie asked Cary Grant to give up everything including his third wife for her. Keith was too shy to propose to Her Majesty, but Jean fearlessly persuaded Superman to put off saving the world for a bit.

Dudley had trouble keeping his bike on the road when he was struck by love at first sight, Monica was transformed into a romantic Elizabeth I, and Johan made plans to go out with a supermodel even though he really loved Juliet. Sue revealed a censored speech by Catwoman and Andy spontaneously sang Ringo Starr's Sweet Sixteen so beautifully that the whole room joined in as his backing group.

2015

Sun 13 December

CHRISTMAS SHOPPING LUNCH

Christmas plate

Once again fully booked. We tucked in to a delicious Christmas dinner, with turkey and all the trimmings. Keith gave us a humorous reminder of the many ways to use up turkey leftovers, but in this case there weren't any!

Sat 7 November

POPPY DAY TEA

Afternoon tea with homemade sandwiches, cakes, a book stall and an auction. All food was generously supplied by members, and our auctioneers Keith and Andy did a fine job of persuading us to bid madly for things we didn't even know we wanted. All in a good cause: the Poppy Appeal.

paper poppy

This year, Gothenburg and Malmö raised £1,975 - that's 25,464 Swedish crowns! Letter of thanks from the Poppy Appeal.

Fri 30 October

SOCIAL EVENING - Fish & chips and poppies

Mike's quiz

fish-n-chips

Fri 18 September

SOCIAL EVENING - Catriona's Alphabet conversations game

(alias "Cat got your tongue?")

In which Keith, Barbara, Andy and Jean were far from tongue-tied, despite being given specific topics to talk about, and having to start each conversational turn on consecutive letters of the alphabet.

alphabet conversation

Jean steadfastly stayed on topic and was the outright winner - congratulations! Barbara narrowly beat Andy on points as runner-up, but if we had only been counting the number of words, Andy would have won a prize for impressive filibustering. Conversation topics were supplied by Maureen, and Sue nimbly assisted on the night.

Sat 4 July (13:00)

LUNCH IN THE PARK (at Villa Belparc, Slottsskogen)

lakeside tables

The Club treated members to refreshments for 100 kr per person. A good time was had by all in pleasant company and perfect weather.

Fri 24 April

SOCIAL EVENING - Keith's Pull My Leg game

silly walks

In which Andy, Sheila and Jean managed to outwit John, Johan and Sue. Well done! Sheila really did have to dodge crocodiles on school outings, Jean nearly managed to steal a car and Andy fell through a roof but landed on his feet. Johan didn't meet Prince Charles in the Turkish bath at the RAC Club in Pall Mall, Sue didn't go to prison for a pub brawl and John wasn't an extra in the (real) film Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. The guests who were hardest to hoodwink were Catharina and Mariana - congratulations!

Fri27 March

SOCIAL EVENING - Limerick Slam

Margarets British Club limerick

Margaret's limerick (2nd prize)

* Christel won the first prize, but her limerick is copyright. Look out for her forthcoming publication!

Sat 28 February

BRITISH CLUB AGM

with lunch and wine on the house

Fri 13 February

SOCIAL EVENING - Valentines theme

John's Jane Austen Proposals game

In which you might get a proposal like this:

Henry's marriage proposal

or have to make do with one like this:

Tom's marriage proposal

Well, at least it's better than being an old maid at the ripe old age of 27.

2014

Sun 7 December

CHRISTMAS SHOPPING LUNCH

- traditional Christmas dinner with all the trimmings.

Christmas pudding

As usual, there was a scramble for the limited number of places at the feast. And as always, it was excellent!

Sat 8 November

POPPY DAY TEA

- Cakes and sandwiches, lotteries and an auction.

Ceramic poppies at the Tower of London, Aug 2014

The first World War started in August 1914. It soon became known as the Great War - the war to end all wars. Millions died and many more were maimed and wounded. The war ended on the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918, and 11th November has been the day of Remembrance ever since. The Royal British Legion was formed in 1921 by bringing together all the ex-service organisations, with the objective to ease the pain and provide practical help to ex-service personnel in need. The Flanders poppy was adopted as the Legion's emblem. Over the years that have passed, many more wars have been fought to keep our freedom and our democratic way of life, and the Royal British Legion now spends more than 1.6 million pounds every week helping ex-service men and women and their families.

This year, Gothenburg and Malmö raised £2270.85 - that's 29,863 Swedish crowns!

British Legion letter of thanks 2014

Fri 31 October

SOCIAL EVENING - Hallowe'en

Jean's Hallowe’en quiz

Fri 26 September

SOCIAL EVENING

- in honour of Sir Francis Drake's 1580 homecoming after circumnavigating the world

Monica's Seafaring quiz

Sat 14 June

LUNCH IN THE PARK

The Club treats each member to refreshments for 100 kr.

Villa Belparc, Slottsskogen

Fri 9 May

SOCIAL EVENING - Keith's Pull My Leg game

Fri 28 March

SOCIAL EVENING - Korv United

Mike's sports quiz

Sat 22 February

BRITISH CLUB AGM

with a light lunch

Fri 14 February

SOCIAL EVENING - St Valentine's Day

- to remember the love between Princess Lillian and Prince Bertil

Catriona and John's Valentine quiz