Past events

Sun 8 Dec

Christmas lunch

Christmas pudding

We tucked into our Christmas turkey dinner in festive spirit. Everyone sang in the Christmas pudding (they wouldn't go until they'd got some) and Keith had everyone joining in with feeling to the alternative ode, The Twelve Days of Christmas Turkey.

Sat 9 Nov

Poppy Day Tea

Poppy Day Tea table

Our traditional afternoon tea was very popular this year, with 68 people filling Haga församlingshem for homemade sandwiches, cakes, raffles and an auction. (All takings go direct to the Poppy Appeal Fund.)

If you could not attend, please consider a donation, no matter how small, to bank giro 100-0819, stating your name and address and marked POPPY APPEAL. Thank you for your support to this very worthwhile charity.

Fri 25 October

SOCIAL EVENING - Fish & chips and a United Nations themed quiz

Sheila, Annette and Monica challenged our knowledge of the UN, UNHCR and UNESCO. Congratulations to Bernadette and David, who beat us all hands down.

Once again, the fish & chips were excellent and a good time was had by all. We were in stitches as Barbara read a collection of notices from church bulletin boards. Here is an extract:

church bulletin boards example

Fri 27 September

SOCIAL EVENING - Fish & chips and a travel quiz

union jack on sandcastle

In which Sheila, Annette and Monica made us rack our brains in their three-part world travel quiz. Liz's team outshone us all with their encyclopaedic knowledge of Scotland, New Zealand and islands near and far. Congratulations!

As usual, the fish & chips were top class and a good time was had by all. The evening ended with Jean reading Roald Dahl's light-hearted version of the Cinderella story, with its unexpected twist.

Sat 6 July

GET-TOGETHER in Slottsskogen

Slottskogen

The Anglo-Swedish Society and the British Club invited the International Womens Club and other friends to the bistro. It bucketed down with rain and the bistro closed its shutters, but amazingly, that didn't stop 23 people coming along anyway to meet up. Luckily, we were welcomed into Villa Belparc's warm and dry café instead, and we improvised with the world's first indoor treasure hunt in which all the clues were outdoors. The winner was the one with the best imagination.

Fri 26 April

SOCIAL EVENING - Britalia

union-jack-tricolore

We met up with friends old and new from the International Women's Club and the Anglo-Swedish Society for a cosmpolitan evening at the Italian Club's locale in Gamlestaden. After an authentic Italian buffet, we put our thinking caps on for John's "Britalian" quiz and, from all the smiling faces on the way out, it was clear that a good time was had by all.

Fri 29 March

SOCIAL EVENING - Brexit fish & chips

union-jack and EU flags

Unfortunately, as in the UK, Brexit has pushed other priorities off our agenda, so we had no limerick slam this year. However, we were delighted that Susan saved the day with two excellent limericks she wrote for our amusement at the Brexit social. (She stresses that she makes no political commentary one way or the other, just describes the state of affairs). Here they are:

So we stuck to the planned date ("quiz means quiz") and filed through the lobby to get our fish & chips. Mr and Mrs Speaker kept the house in order when the honourable members debated the Brexit quiz questions; they all remained admirably civilized and even burst into song. In the end we were all in agreement that the evening was a success: the "ayes" had it.

Sat 23 February

BRITISH CLUB AGM

quiche + wine

The committee was reelected, but Mike Batty and Jean Irving stepped down after many years of faithful service. Annette Dimming was elected as an ordinary member. Peter Martin was given the position of Vice-Chair and Jean replaced Lena O'Dowd as assistant auditor to Dudley Hicks.

The meeting was well-attended and afterwards we enjoyed a light lunch and wine on the house.

Fri 22 February

SOCIAL EVENING - St Valentine's jukebox

heart

In which Jean and the Name-Droppers streaked ahead to claim the prize of a bottle of Gran Passione wine. The Touchy-Feelies were nudging up to them but didn't get to base 1. The level of passion in a rather raucous evening ranged from Truly Madly Deeply, Heart & Soul and Young Lovers to the unblushing Telephone Sex and Tonight's the Night. Special mention goes to Mike for a rendition of Telephone Man that left everyone gasping at all the places he could put it.

2018

Sun 10 December

CHRISTMAS LUNCH

Christmas pudding

We enjoyed a delicious Christmas turkey dinner and a festive spirit. The Christmas pud was welcomed in with a song and devoured in a flash. We even found space for a traditional English Christmas cake. Keith gave us his rendition of an ode to the turkey leftovers and, recognising the plight of a typical British family, everyone joined in heartily.

Sat 10 November

POPPY DAY TEA

sandwiches and cakes

We gathered for a traditional afternoon tea with delicious homemade sandwiches and cakes (and of course, lashings of PG Tips tea). We had a very jolly time and the Poppy Appeal Fund will no doubt be very pleased, too. Thank you everyone who bought raffle tickets and auction items - all in a good cause.

We are proud to report that this event alone raised 8,290 SEK, which is a new record.

Fri 26 October

SOCIAL EVENING - Jean's literary quiz

fish-n-chips

We had a full house and tucked into Gothenburg's finest fish 'n' chips, made freshly on our doorstep by Robert, the geordie "master chippy". His lovely accent is part of the package - no extra charge.

Jean's quiz had us racking our brains over famous quotes, which were positively poetic! Jean L's team won impressively. (No, not the Jean who wrote the quiz - that would be cheating.)

Fri 28 September

SOCIAL EVENING - Britalia

union-jack-tricolore

We invited the International Womens Club and the Anglo-Swedish Society to join us at Gothenburg's spacious Italian Club, where we enjoyed a delicious Italian buffet. John held a challenging quiz with a "Britalian" theme, on the level of "What have the Romans ever done for us?" A most convivial evening with old and new friends.

Sat 7 July

SUMMER GET-TOGETHER in the park
with the Anglo-Swedish Society

English Shop hamper

We enjoyed a pleasant afternoon in good company at Villa Belparc, Slottsskogen. The food was excellent.

John's treasure hunt was much appreciated. Dudley and Kerstin scooped the first prize: a hamper containing all those treats you miss from Blighty, generously provided by the English Shop in Linné.

Sun 20 May

LUNCH in the park and toast to the royal couple

royal toast

British Club members met up to raise a toast to the newly-weds, Harry & Meghan. We had quite a party!

Villa Belparc, Slottsskogen

Fri 23 March

SOCIAL EVENING - Limerick Slam

In which, after the best fish & chips ever tasted in Sweden, the assembled gathering had to follow the strict "Limmo 2018" rules:

Our learned judges, Christel and Gwyneth, had to triple check all the votes to establish that, although Jan-Erik and Bernadette were outstanding, John and Catriona managed to get ahead by a nose and win half of the prize trophy each. Luckily, it has two handles:

limerick winners with trophy 2018

Souvenir compendium of the printable limericks available on request.

And if you just can't get enough of writing or listening to limericks, check out this opportunity to go to the eponymous town in Ireland and join the 'Bring your limericks to Limerick' competition (24-26 Aug 2018).

Sat 17 February

BRITISH CLUB AGM

quiche + wine

The committee was reelected, but Lena O'Dowd stepped down as assistant auditor after many years of dedicated service. The position is now vacant, but Lena offered to be available until we find a replacement to assist Dudley.

We discussed, among other things, suggestions of alternative venues for our gatherings.

The meeting was followed by lunch and wine on the house in pleasant company. There were so many appreciative comments about the food that you could almost imagine that some people only come for the free lunch ...

Fri 16 February

SOCIAL EVENING - Catriona's St Valentine's film quiz

heart

In which everyone had the virtually impossible task of matching romantic one-liners to likely and unlikely films. Lena and Mike were the triumphant winners.

Our readers did such a good job of portraying famous actors that they were all asked to read their quotes again. Keith even sang his - twice.

At the quote "Love means never having to say you're sorry", Norris cried out, "Well, that one has to be from Terminator!!"

2017

Sun 10 December

CHRISTMAS LUNCH

Christmas pudding

We enjoyed a friendly tradition and an excellent turkey lunch. The flambéed Christmas pudding was welcomed in with a hearty rendition of "Glad tidings we bring to you and your kin. We wish you a merry Christmas and a happy new year!"

Sat 11 November

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 October

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 September

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:

Souvenir compendium of the printable limericks available on request.

Sat 25 February

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

heart Jaktslott 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 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 October

SOCIAL EVENING - Keith's Raconteur of the Year competition

In which:

a raconteur

Fri 23 Sept

SOCIAL EVENING - 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.

Souvenir compendium of the printable limericks available on request.

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 St 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 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 - Mike's quiz, fish & chips

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

LUNCH IN THE PARK (at Villa Belparc, Slottsskogen)

lakeside tables

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!

Souvenir compendium of the printable limericks available on request.

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!

Fri 31 October

SOCIAL EVENING - Jean's Hallowe’en quiz

Fri 26 September

SOCIAL EVENING - Monica's seafaring quiz

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

Sat 14 June

LUNCH IN THE PARK

Villa Belparc, Slottsskogen

Fri 9 May

SOCIAL EVENING - Keith's Pull My Leg game

Fri 28 March

SOCIAL EVENING -

Mike's sports quiz and bangers from Korv United

Sat 22 February

BRITISH CLUB AGM

with a light lunch

Fri 14 February

SOCIAL EVENING - Catriona and John's St Valentine quiz

- to remember the love between Princess Lillian and Prince Bertil