The Maldon U3A July BBQ is now an Annual Event in July.
The weather, as last year, was the main worry of the organiser and this year it gave Dorothy Denmark, the Social Organiser, another nightmare. The BBC Web Site Weather link stated that the Low would reach Maldon by 8pm - infact it took until 10pm - well after everyone was clear of the field.
However looking at the photographs of 2008 one can see that many people this year had bought gazebos to protect themselves from any rain and to be warmer.
People also arrived early and by 5.45pm many people had their gazebos erected and well on the way to being fully set-up.
The food was excellent with gammon steaks, sausages & Beef Burgers with Salmon as the vegy option.
Sweets were just OTT with trifles, chocolate gateus and Fresh Fruit Salad. There was also two large Apple Crumbles and cream served with everything.
Jan & John tied their two gazebos together and made a long table - this is one end.
Photos by John Bowen
And this is the other end.
Notice the side tarpalins used to provide a nearly wind free area.
Getting the drinks ready
Under another gazebo
This group were certain it was not going to rain - no sign of a brolly even!
Brolly at the ready
Waiting for the call for Dinner....
And Jolly good health to you
This is were the work is done
Onions (left) and Gammon Streaks (right) being cooked to perfection
Gas BBQs in action
Late arrivers - having a quick drink before getting there food.
Half an hour of comedy - how did the lady in B&Q said it went?
Thats better but you notice it is now darker!
Pat & Dorothy serving the most lovely Fresh Fruit Salad.
Having got it up late - we are not going early home!
Looking from the other end of the gazebo - clothed for a long night!
Thank you Dorothy Denmark and the Social Committee for providing another enjoyable evening.
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