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Quainton News Archive - Quainton News No. 40 - Spring 1980

Our Tenth Anniversary Dinner Dance


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On Saturday 3rd November 1979, the Society held its first ever Dinner Dance and we gathered at the Ranch House, Stoke Mandeville, near Aylesbury. Sixty-eight members and friends attended and that included several children, who seemed to enjoy the evening every bit as much as their parents.

It had been arranged by Jo and Frank Boait to celebrate the first ten years in the life of the Society. On 1st April 1969, we moved into Quainton and took possession of the Down Yard - and 30th / 31st August and 1st September saw us opening our gates to the public for the first time. We were nearly flattened in the rush, but that's another story.

We have had many Society meetings - and social evenings since then. In the early days they were held in a room behind a pub in Waddesdon and then we transferred to the Quainton Memorial Hall. Our Dinner Dance was our first formal gathering and, on this occasion, we were all, with one exception, in our best bibs and tuckers. ("Look", said Geoff Fulcher, "I'm even wearing a tie!") Hair was coiffured, suits were escaping the confines of wardrobes and the attention of moths and not a sign of coal dust or oil on anyone. In fact, it was the night of the After Shave and Dior Fragrance, rather than the night of Swarfega and Carbolic! We all smelled so clean and sweet and we hardly recognised one another! The Disco was good too, with the right amount of old dances and modern gyrating to please all age groups. It wasn't too loud either, which was a great relief - we could talk to our friends without shouting and we could hear their replies!

The place chosen for the gathering needs a special mention because it belongs to Fountain Brothers - the transport firm in Stoke Mandeville who, for the past six years, have collected from and delivered to Quainton all manner of things. They have been unfailingly helpful to us. Michael Fountain, and his brother John, who was his partner until his tragic death just over a year ago, has never batted an eyelid when one of us has phoned and said "Here's another load for you!" Some of the jobs have been awkward (the Level Crossing Gates from Barnes!) and have not gone smoothly - but, in spite of everything, they still come to our rescue. Very often they have been able to make the delivery at the end of a week - and the trailer would be left at Quainton so that we could unload over the weekend.

When we arrived at the Ranch House we couldn't believe our eyes. The old Transport Cafe has been transformed into an excellent place for all types of formal functions.

It can seat one hundred people comfortably for dinner, has a very nice bar, a dance floor of a really sensible size and very good toilet facilities. All done by the third Fountain brother who is a builder. The Artics and other lorries of the Fountain fleet are in their own fenced off compound with big double gates to it. The whole place has a pleasing air of order and efficiency and we've all voted in favour of another Dinner Dance in 1980 at the Ranch House. Our warm thanks to Frank and Jo for organising such a very pleasant evening.


Notes:
The text in this Quainton Railway Society publication was written in 1980 and so does not reflect events in the 34+ years since publication. The text and photographs are repeated verbatim from the original publication, with only a few minor grammar changes but some clarifying notes are added if deemed necessary. The photos from the original publication are provided as scans in this internet version of this long out of print publication.

Reference:
Our Tenth Anniversary Dinner Dance - Quainton News No. 40 - Spring 1980


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