The Gazette - August 2015
Edited by Julie Leonard
The views expressed in the Gazette do not necessarily reflect the policies or views of the BCA, nor those of the editor.
Windermere 2015 Poem by Joan Shorrock
Here we are at the Manor once more
Glad to be together again.
A new manager, old and new staff
Oh no, we’ve still got Ben!
In the hotel entertainment and chess
We have a lovely time together.
Then trips out with Shery and Bob
And blessed with lovely weather.
On Sunday morning, like good folk
Joan took Jim to Mass.
Said Joan, ‘Be soon it starts at ten’
Be when we got there, alas;
The time had been moved to eleven fifteen.
Whatever shall we do?
We knelt and prayed for over an hour,
Our hands and feet were blue.
Shery is kind and patient
To blind, sighted, young and old
And lets us all do as we like
As long as we do as we’re told.
Breakfast is confusing!
We change our minds, and tables as well
The staff is confused also
And Ben tells us to go to Helvellyn.
Bingo was an interesting night
With Antoine causing a ‘todo’,
Gosha mopping up after him
And Ben mending his shoe.
Calling bingo in an unusual way
Was multi-tasking Ben.
Stan and Greg won a full house
And then he won again!
Moira wasn’t very pleased,
Her winning number was next,
But minding her manners and being polite
She just said, ‘Well I am vexed!’
Antoine in his socks, poor soul
Really got the blues.
So Celia took him to Ambleside
Now he’s a brand new pair of shoes.
If you go out with Celia
Don’t venture very far.
You’ll probably be walking home
‘Cause she’s lost the flippin’ car.
Norman gets lost too, you know
His team won the quiz, well I never
He throws his chess men on the floor,
So he can’t be all that clever.
We looked forward to Sue Parish
Who came on Wednesday night.
What a super evening;
Two hours of sheer delight!
The soirée was quite special
I’m sure you must agree,
With AGTA playing instruments
Gary, Abi, Antoine and Thuy.
Celia did a poem
And Eleanor on recorder
Joan did a poem as well as
Trying to keep the rest in order.
Peter and Celia organise
The chess week very well
We hope it will on forever
Who knows and who can tell.
We’re not getting any younger
The oldest one is Ruth.
Now she can’t get her leg over –
The bath, and that’s the truth.
The chess players have all done well
And now for the encore
George has become the champion.
Congratulations once more!
Here ends our week at Windermere
Here ends my little rhyme
It’s really been a smashing week
See you all next time!
Don’t forget to book your place at Windermere 2016 before the 1st of October to qualify for the early bird discount! See the May 2015 gazette for further details. This popular event, organised by Peter and Celia Gibbs, offers coaching by stronger BCA members and the opportunity for those receiving coaching to compete in a mini-tournament. As you will have gathered from Joan’s poem, there is also a wide range of non-chess activities!