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December 2005 Newsletter


We wish all our members a very happy and peaceful Christmas. We have a full social calendar for the Christmas period so donít miss out. Thanks to all members who helped in organizing this newsletter. We will be looking for many helpers and plenty of hands to prepare the Christmas dinner. Best wishes for Christmas and the New year and we hope Santa comes.

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Christmas Wishes

The Members and Staff are looking forward to the Christmas Period. All the letters have been sent to Santa. In the clubhouse, Christmas is a busy period, we have our traditional Mulled Wine morning, our Christmas party in the Ambassador hotel, and our own In House Christmas Dinner to be cooked by the Social Committee, best of luck to them. I hope that Christmas 2005, will be a very Happy Period, for all our Members and Staff, free of all sickness. On behalf of all the members I would like to thank staff for all they have done for us over the past year. In conclusion, we wish all members and staff, and their families a very Happy Christmas, and a peaceful 2006.




There you stand on the hill,
As white as white can be,
You stay so calm and still,
And never complain to me,
In fact you are great fun,
When I see you standing there,
When winter is over and done,
You will vanish to thin air,
A carrot for your nose,
With buttons for your eyes,
There you are in nature pose,
Made of snowflakes from the skies,
Stay with me forever more,
My treasured winter friend,
But you will melt to the shore,
And this will be your end,
I will wait patiently then,
For next winter to come its way,
And I will build you up again,
On a snowy, snowy day.


Social for December 2005

Friday 2/12/05 Christmas Party, Ambassador Hotel.

Thursday 8/12/05 Mulled Wine Clubhouse.

Thursday 22/12/05 Christmas Dinner in Clubhouse

Openings for Christmas

Tuesday 27th. 11 am to 2.30 pm Carmel Eileen.

Thursday 29th. 11 am to 2.30 pm Tom, Mary.

Saturday 31st. 11 am to 2.30 pm, Breda, Ian.

Five Helpful Tips for the Home
  • Self-raising flour makes delicious fluffy pancakes and saves time as the batter need not stand.
  • To keep cauliflower white while cooking add 2 tablespoon of milk to the water.
  • Place a dish of ice cube in front of the electric fan. This will act similarly to an air conditioner.
  • A beer rinse will give fine hair extra body.

Drop a few blobs of paraffin in the heart of a water lily to hold the bloom open.

Irish Coffee

1) A Measure of Irish Whiskey
2) 2 Teaspoons of Sugar
3) Strong black coffee
4) Softly Whipped Cream

Warm a medium sized glass with warm water, and pour the water out, put the sugar and whiskey into a glass, add the coffee, until the glass is three quarters of the way full ,and stir well. Pour the cream over the back of the spoon onto the coffee. Donít stir it, it should stay floating on the top of the coffee.

So Long Best Mate

Recently, at Exeter Racecourse, horse racing lost a true champion when Best Mate died of a heart attack. Best Mate was trained by H. Knight, and ridden by Kerry man, Jim Culloty to win 3 Cheltenham Gold Cups. In doing so, he became one of only three horses to do so, joining our own great Arkle. As a true fan of horse racing, I have been privileged to see some great horses run in my lifetime, on the flat horses such as, Ridgewood Pearl, Giants Causeway, High Chaparral, over the jumps horses such as, Istabraq, Hardy Eustace, Kicking King, Red Rum, and of course Best Mate.

Best Mate was trained in Ireland as a young horse by Tom Costello. He was sold to H. Knight, and taken to England. As a young horse he won one of the supreme novice Hurdles at Cheltenham.

But it was to be over the big fences that his true greatness was to shine through. This morning at H. Knight yard a great sadness is to be experienced, a loving owner has lost a true pal, but the greatest sadness will be felt by the young lad or lass, who looked after Best Mate. For her each day there is a void in her life, like a death in a family, that only time can heal. My own regret is never again will we see the grace of a truly great horse like Best Mate, jumping a fence again. Cheltenham has lost a true star for next yearís festival.


Employment Unit

It is that time of year again when we are looking forward to the Christmas and Santa etc. We are also looking forward to the Christmas parties that will be taking place in the next few weeks. The work in the employment and education unit continues, keeping account of the hours of work for our members, and recording holidays etc. We would ask all members to tell us their hours of work over the holiday period. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all our employers for their assistance and understanding over the last year.Also would like to say thanks to our members who have taken part in the employment programme.

Many thanks to all concerned Happy Christmas and a Prosperous New Year toAll

Employment & Education Unit

Admin unit

There has been a lot going on in the admin unit organizing the Christmas party in the Ambassador, requesting money for swimming lessons., Applying for local grants to help fund events in Clubhouse, getting our Christmas Newsletter and Christmas cards out to all. Thanks to all the members who have helped Mary get familiar with the running of the Admin unit , and we wish all our members a very happy Christmas and a joyful New year.

Catering Unit

Thanks to all members who give help to Eileen and Ian in the Catering Unit ,in getting ready For the Festive Season .Extra work has been generated for preparing our Mulled Wine Morning and Christmas Dinner ,ie Baking Christmas Cakes , Christmas Pudding , and Mince Pies.. All are welcome on the 14th of Dec for our Mulled Wine Morning so go easy on the Mulled WineÖÖ... Please remember the Clubhouse is open all year round for all our members, whether we have seen you recently, or not for a long while, this time of year is great but can be a Difficult time as well, so remember where we are and call in any time or give us a call.

Handy Tips

Get Christmas sorted early, avoid stress, get a good nights sleep, make presents if you canít afford to buy them.


Get Well wishes to: All our members who are unwell.

Birthday Wishes: Ann, Martin, Curt, Declan, John, Angela, Alan, Clive.

The views, opinions and beliefs expressed in this newsletter are not necessarily the views of Platinum Clubhouse.

Contributors: Philip, Robert, Paddy M, Stephen C, Mary, Carmel.

Editorial team: Mary, Philip, Staphen C, Carmel, Patricia

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