Our annual Puhoi Women’s Dinners started in 2009 as a means of
having fun with friends from our local community in a relaxed setting with no pressures on participants to cook, ‘bring a plate’ or drive long distances.
They were made possible by our publican Gillian Seymour’s opening up of the character-filled hotel dining room to bookings by selected groups for catered dinners, sometimes cooked by Gillian herself.
As well as a chance for old friends to gather, we are always thrilled to be able to welcome, too, newcomers to Puhoi, or when our local regulars bring a friend from another area, or maybe a younger relative or a visitor from overseas.
The first dinner for this year, 2015, is on Thursday, July 23.
The programme starts with a gathering in the hotel bar from 6pm -7pm, giving time for guests, some of whom come directly from work, to relax with a drink bought from the bar, and nibbles or starters, which are included in the price of the evening.
At 7pm we go into the dining room for a buffet or set meal, usually comprising a first and main course plus dessert followed by tea or coffee.
Our local coffee roaster, Daphne Hollamby, kindly gifts the coffee.
A vegetarian option is always available on the menu – just let the kitchen know in advance.
Generally, we have a speaker, by popular choice one of our own members, who entertains us for around 15 minutes before coffee, as well as a little raffle.
Suggestions for an interesting speaker are welcome.
Men can come if they agree to wear a skirt –so far no-one has taken up
this invitation! (although last year I believe one came without a skirt!)
The cost of the whole evening, excluding drinks, which you buy from the bar, presently stands at $30, and we ask for payment in advance to confirm your commitment to attending.
There are 40 seats and we take you on a first come, first accepted, basis, after which we place you on a waiting list.
The first thing to do is book your place, by emailing me, Judith Williams: firstname.lastname@example.org as several have already done – don’t rely on my memory if you tell me on the shop step or in the street!
Generally, near the date, I send out a list of all those who have given me their names so you can check if there are still places free.
About 10 days before the dinner I will give you instructions as to how and whom to pay. Don’t try to pay me yet.
Looking forward to having you there,
with kindest regards,