We’d like to say a massive Thank you to Moggy for lending us his tent for Alans funeral and to all those that helped put it up and take it down. Paul and Alex, Jonno and Locky and any others not mentioned.
Also to Puffer, Mike Wells, Bob and Stoney for sorting out the parking and making the signs.They worked a treat! Your help was much appreciated.
The Swan has lost another of it’s great characters with the passing of nonagenarian Henry.
Henry had used the Swan for well over 40 years after moving up from the Bull and would meet his old friend John regularly for a quiet pint. Henry would also frequent the Brunswick club weekly and I’m sure there was 1 or 2 others as well.
Henry had amassed a lifetime of knowledge after having numerous jobs over the years and living through the war years, he certainly had a few stories to tell.
Although through poor health Henry had not used the Swan for a few years now, his name often pops up in conversation.
Rest in peace Henry.
Over 300 people packed into Westerleigh Crematorium yesterday to say goodbye to one of the Swans own, Alan Mizen.
Alan and family have been part of the fabric of the Swan for over 20 years and have been integral to most things since, from the early Dan days of fancy dress parties, 1st Golf tour to the Ladies and men’s mixed Golf day.
It was to be of no great surprise that it was probably one of the busiest days ever at the Swan and probably the only one occasion since the Moggs took over the pub that every local was there, creating a garden party atmosphere which Alan would have loved and was very fitting to his own personality. There were certainly a few Buds being drunk in his memory.
Alan was devout family man who adored his wife, was very proud of his children and idolised his grandchildren to which most conversations would turn. He couldn’t contain his smile as he’d tell of their antics and misdemeanours.
Ironically, as Alan would say he had no luck, a horse ran at Lingfield yesterday called Al’s memory and in fitting fashion finished 2nd! He would have laughed at that one I’m sure!
Alan will be greatly missed on the Swan social scene but I’m sure that a bud or 2 will be raised in many garden bars around Hanham and the local area in the coming weeks.
Alan is gone but most definitely not forgotten.
R.I.P Alan from everyone at the Swan.
The Swan are sending out a crap, sorry, crack team of 12 hand picked ambassadors to Majorca this weekend to spread the word and strengthen ties with the bar people of Europe. I’m sure you’ll all acquaint yourselves well!
Oh and its Puffers 50th! Happy birthday Dave.
Reports from Reuters are suggesting that instead of gambling on Austerity measures the Greeks are gambling on horses to erase their debt. European betting sources have become suspicious of irregular betting patterns on the Island of Corfu as bets are flooding in for a horse soon running at Market Rasen.
Apparently an English man that ‘obble’ has been seen telling locals its a shoe in!
Which Swan regular was refused a drink for the 1st time in his 50 years because he was deemed to have had too much, whilst away watching the Ashes in Cardiff………….The situation was not lost though as his mate, who we’ll call Rowlsey, had to step in and buy his over intoxicated mate a pint.
A £40 sponsorship has been made to Tash Goodwin who is doing the Race for Life in aid of St. Peter s Hospice. Good luck Tash.
Over the last year with the money raised through our lottery and the unclaimed 1st prize in the Christmas draw, we have been able to make donations to several local good causes and charities.
Donations have been made to the Lions club and local Round table for their chosen charities and to Circus Star a charity which take under privileged children and those with special needs from the area, out on a day trip to the circus. Also to the Friends of Christchurch school received a small donation for the school and Meredith Cowburn has been sponsored for her marathon run for St Peters Hospice.
More donations to follow as we still have money to distribute.
Barry Geraghty about to mount Leave it be for his stunning Newbury victory.
Barry tries to bump Gerry for his £1 as he draws Preston in Pontoon, who’ve now been drawn for the 2nd time! “be jesus Gerry. I can’t read that…which teams Paul the dog !