With 65 people attending our Cabaret and dinner at the Oaklands Events Centre I would like to offer a sincere thanks to Mike Warren, Secretary of our Committee, for the many hours he spent finding a venue, negotiating a menu, arranging the entertainment, chasing up people for late payments and exploring options for a bus service to take members and guests to and from the venue. Things looked a bit grim on the Saturday afternoon when temperatures plummeted but Mike made a quick call to Oaklands about extra heating and also organised a motley collection of bathroom heaters so that by the time we all arrived the place was warm and cosy. I always thought that Mike was a mining engineer but as an event organiser he is turning out to be the new J.C. Williamson of the Bega Valley. Greg Hunting made an excellent Master of Ceremonies and kept things on time and on track for the evening and looked very much the part in his long velvet jacket with its elaborately laced jabot and cuffs. I would also like to say a big thanks also to Clive Roberts and Anh-Thu Stuart for their work on the publicity for the event. Many thanks are also due to Kerry Hunting for running the Raffle which contributed greatly towards the cost of the evening’s entertainment. I would also like to say a special thank you to Eliane Morel for her performance and her very informative presentation of each song which helped the audience understand its context in the great saga which is Les Miserables. Could I remind members of our coming French Film Night on Wednesday, 14 May, ‘The Student and Mr Henri’ more details of which appear later in this edition. I hope to see you there as it should be a lot of fun.
Cordialement, Rob McCombie