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Quainton News Archive - Quainton News No. 39 - Autumn / Winter 1980
10th Anniversary Celebrations
For the Beattie it was the first 100 years, but on August Open Days 0314 carried a tricolour banner proclaiming 'First 10 Years'. The carriages also had 1969 - 1979 labels and these were to be seen at the table carrying the trophies for the Vintage Car and Motor Cycle rally. Many congratulations were received from visitors and from local Societies. The 'Bucks Advertiser', on 31st August, referred to our Centre celebrating its tenth anniversary - when they reported on the exhibition, featuring the age of steam, which was set up in Aylesbury's County Museum in conjunction with our Society. Many of the relics on show have come from our own Museum and the display is open Monday to Friday between 9.30 am and 5 pm until the end of the year.
On Sunday 26th August, Mick and Bev Sell arranged an excellent party for members to celebrate the anniversary, as well as to say 'thank you' to the members who come and help on Open Days, who work at Quainton during the year and who are the backbone of the Society.
The party was held in the Refreshment Coach which proved to be an ideal venue. Food was provided in the form of excellent beef or cheese burgers, chicken and mushroom pies, steak and kidney pies and beef and onion pies. Several members lit a bonfire and cooked potatoes which were eaten later in the evening with lashings of butter and were voted first class. Everyone got covered in soot. There was plenty of ale, cider and some spirits. Simon Field brought his Steam Disco along and provided the entertainment. Bev, bless her, did all the cooking, helped by Anthea, and Mick acted as barman, assisted by Ted.
David Potter, our new Chairman, pronounced the evening a resounding success and it has been agreed that it should be an annual event to be held on the same evening of each year - on the Sunday of the August Open Days.
Members present would like to record their grateful thanks to Bev and Mick. The happy atmosphere is just the thing we look for at Quainton, but the workers in the Refreshment Coach thought the atmosphere was a trifle strong when they opened up on the Monday morning! Please, they ask, could we have a can of air freshener to help dispel the impression of a disused brewery!
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